1932 Warriors

The 1932 varsity football team included, front row, left to right, Edmond Iriart, Jose Narez, Lyle Jacobs, Auzie Hicks,
Captain Joe Errea (with ball), Roy Edwards, Bill Dean, and Stephen Valdez, back row, Harry Cowan, Ralph Smith, Pete Olive,
Edward Mathison, Francis Wilson, Walter Hicks, James Purbaugh, Robert Doupe (Manager), and Coach Offerman.

Warriors Win 5 Games!
Best Season In Three Year Grid History

Led by Captain Joe Errea and quarterback Francis Wilson, the 1932 Warriors finished with a season record of 5-6-1, and 0-2-1 in South Sierra league play (several league games were canceled). The mythical South Sierra League consisted of Maricopa, McFarland, Shafter, and Tehachapi.

After dropping their first two games of the season to Antelope Valley and league foe Shafter, the mighty Warriors won their first game of the season against Barstow. On the mountain, the two teams battled on a wet and muddy field, but Jose Narez managed to score the only touchdown of the game for the Warrior victory.

Game 4 in Tehachapi was controversial. The Warriors were all knotted up in a 6-6 tie versus rival Maricopa, when the Indians' coach accused the referee of being "intoxicated" and making calls in favor of the hometown Warriors. The official, a prominent local Tehachapi farmer, was outraged by the accusation. Both teams walked off the field in anger in the 3rd quarter (the game ended in an official 6-6 tie). The brawl eventually made its way to Sierra League officials and administrators. As a result of the incident, Tehachapi protested the actions of the Maricopa coach and league officials by dropping out of the South Sierra League! Tehachapi would move to the "Desert League" in 1933. This incident further fueled the Maricopa-Tehachapi rivalry of the 1930's.

After losing to Victorville 19-0, the Warriors hit the road for Game 6 against Barstow. The Warriors defeated Barstow 14-0 behind the touchdowns of Jose Narez and Joe Errea. Errea scored in the final quarter by running back an interception 32 yards for a TD.

Three days after the Barstow victory, on October 22, Tehachapi had their biggest win of the season by defeating the heavily favored Taft Lightweights (Bobcats), 7-6. In a rare night game under the lights, before an estimated crowd of 3,000 fans, Walter Hicks scored the only Warrior touchdown. This was Tehachapi's first game under the lights in their short three-year football history.

The Warriors would finish out the season by defeating a group of local alumni all-stars twice, but were overpwoered again by Antelope Valley, Maricopa, and Victorville.

As written in the Tehachapi News on December 2, 1933, "Four seniors played their last year for Tehachapi, Captain Joe Errea at center, as does Jose Narez, who rates as one of the best ends in the league. Lyle Jacobs, tackle and a good one will be hard to replace. Francis Wilson at quarter proved to be a heady player and a bear on defense against passes. These boys will be missed, and their replacement next year will be a problem."

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Game-by-Game Results

Sep 20Antelope Valley (Lancaster) 00  20A
Sep 24Shafter *  00 32 A
Sep 28Barstow 07 00HJose Narez: 1 TD run
Oct 1McFarland * HCanceled due to flooding
Oct 8Maricopa *  06 06 HTheodore Kennedy: 1 TD
Oct 15Victorville 00  19H
Oct 19Barstow 13 00AJose Narez: 1 TD run
Oct 22Taft JV's (Bobcats)  07 06AWalter Hicks: 1 TD run
Oct 29Shafter * HCanceled for unknown reasons
Oct 30Alumni All-Stars 14 00 H
Nov 2Antelope Valley (Lancaster) 06  25HWalter Hicks: 1 TD run
Nov 4Maricopa *  00  20A
Nov 19Victorville 07  27AWalter Hicks: 1 TD run
Dec 4Alumni All-Stars 40 00H

* Denotes League Game