Warrior QB Ehren Ochsenrider passes for a short game against Righetti in Santa Maria, CA. enroute to a 3 for 8 passing performance. The Warriors had several chances to pull out a victory, but lost 15 to 12 to drop to 1-2 in non-league play.
Posted by the Santa Maria Times on September 16, 2006
Righetti Outlasts Warriors 15-12
SANTA MARIA - It was a game of stiff defense and the occasional big play, as the Warriors of Righetti vanquished the Warriors of Tehachapi and won Friday's football game 15-12.
Size was in good supply for Tehachapi, creating some mismatches in size along the lines for Righetti coach Gary Wilson to deal with.
“We knew they'd be filling the box, so we tried to spread it out a bit,” said the Righetti coach.
And so Righetti, which enjoyed over 400 yards of rushing offense in their previous game, began the contest with three straight passing plays. The third pass to Jeremy Conway was good enough to move the sticks, but the drive would stumble following a fumbled hand off and a sack on an attempted quarterback sneak.
“They were just a big, physical line, and they were pushing our guys around out there,” said coach Wilson. “This is just a better team than last week.”
In spite of the three and-a-half-hour bus trip, the Tehachapi team was faster out of the blocks. After trading punts with Righetti, the visiting Warriors started their next possession on their own 9-yard line thanks to a penalty. The field position did not matter however, as Louis James broke through the purple defensive line, and followed the sideline 91 yards for the score for the white and green.
A bad kickoff would grant Righetti, hot off their offensive annihilation of South Bakersfield 62-26 last week, the ball on their own 45-yard line.
Righetti would answer, with a march downfield from their own 45, ending with a 3-yard run by senior Michael Alexander to score. An extra point fake, turned into a passing play to Kyle Leon for the two point conversion.
Special teams continued to be the difference for the purple Warriors on the ensuing kick off, when a well placed kick, and poor judgment by the otherwise stellar Gabe Bressler of Tehachapi saw the ball go out of bounds on the 2-yard line.
An offside call would back the visiting Warriors to their 1, and a punt soon followed.
Momentum was not to stay with Righetti however. Quarterback Adam Wilson threw on first down, and Garrett Coontz of the opposing team was there with the pick.
Tehachapi could of taken control at that point, quickly setting up first-and-goal situation from the 8-yard line thanks to a slow but steady run attack (287 total rushing yards). The next run up the middle would move the pile of warriors to within inches of the goal line, but a five yard penalty would make it a long five yards to go. Quarterback Ehren Ochsenrider would pick a bad time to fumble on a hand-off. He would recover, but his team failed to score on the ensuing 14 yard pass attempt.
Tehachapi coach Steve Denman would try for the 14 yard field goal, but an offsides call would force his kicker to try from 19 yards out. The kick was wide.
The Warriors in white would suffer a total of eight penalties for an almost 60 yard loss.
“The defense stepped up big this game. I think they saved us this time,” said Michael Alexander of his Righetti teammates. “Offense did it last game, but this was all defense.”
Both defenses kept the second quarter quiet, and the beginning of the third as well.
The scoring dry spell ended suddenly when Stefan Bekker would bust a run along the right sideline from his own 27 to put Tehachapi back in the lead. The 2-point conversion failed.
Righetti wasted no time in answering, as on their next possession Wilson dumped a quick throw to Alexander, on a play designed for 5 to 10 yards. Instead Alexander would burn through the secondary and take it 62 yards for a touchdown.
“Adam got me the ball and I hit the hole, linemen blocked good and I just scored,” he said with a surprised chuckle. “When they scored, we just didn't give up.”
The extra point was good, and gave Righetti their final score of 15-12.
It definitely was the offense last game, and defense this game. Next week we just have to put it together against Santa Barbara,” said coach Wilson. “By league I think we'll do very well.”
Righetti improves to a non-league record of 2-1, and host Santa Barbara next Friday.
Tehachapi falls to 1-2, and hosts Stockdale of Bakersfield next week.
Righetti QB Adam Wilson looks for an open receiver while being protected by linemen Emanuel Meraz (79) and Steven Alurac (67) in Righetti's 15-12 non-league victory over Tehachapi on Friday night. Photo by Ed Souza, The Santa Maria Times.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Tehachapi 6 0 6 0 12 Righeti 8 0 7 0 15
Teh - Louis James 91 yd. TD run (kick failed)
Rig - Mike Alexander 3 yd. TD run (Wilson to Leon pass for 2 pt. PAT)
Teh - Stefan Bekker 73 yd. TD run (PAT failed)
Rig - Mike Alexander 62 yd. TD pass from Wilson (kick good)
THS vs Righetti STATS
THS RHS First Downs 9 9 Rushes-Yards 41-287 42-113 Passing Yards 35 105 Comp-Att-Int 3-9-0 5-13-2 Total Yards 322 218 Punts N/A N/A Turnovers-Lost 2-1 3-2 Penalties 8-60 5-40
RUSHING -- Tehachapi: Louis James 6-102, Stefan Bekker 8-93, Gabe Bressler 15-55, Josh Strauss 7-20, Ehren Ochsenrider 3-16, Franky Rodriguez 1-1; Righetti: Matt Mole 21-63, Adam Wilson 10-24, Kyle Leon 5-15, Michael Alexander 5-12
PASSING -- Tehachapi: Ehren Ochsenrider 3-8-0 35 yards, Levi Lantz 0-1-0; Righetti: Adam Wilson 5-13-2 105
RECEIVING -- Tehachapi: Stefan Bekker 2-28, Gabe Bressler 1-7; Righetti: Emmanuel Rubalcaba 1-62, Todd Noel 3-31, Jeremy Conway 1-12
Non-League Records--Righetti 2-0, Tehachapi 1-2
JV — Tehachapi (3-0) 21, Righetti 0
Frosh – Tehachapi (1-2) 0, Righetti 18
Week 3 SSL Varsity Scoreboard:
Bakersfield Christian 28 Kern Valley 14
Wasco 33 Lindsay 24
Shafter 20 Foothill 0
Ridgeview 31 Arvin 21
Taft 27 South 7