Team members for the 1939 Warriors included Delman Brite, Nick Bronson, Bob Buson, Jimmy Cazacus, Eddie Haubrick,
Armando Hernandez, Alfonce Gonzales, Ramon Leopold, Art Madding, Ben Martinez, Pete Narez, Ray Nash, Roy Nash, Frank Partin,
Mark Porter, Bobby Lee Smith, Dale Smith, Roy Warner, Wayne Warner, George Vacich, John Valdez (QB), Gene Vasquez, and Clyde Vincent.
For the first time since the football program began in 1930, Tehachapi finally had a winning season as the 1939 Warriors finished with a fine 6-2-1 overall season record.
Warriors Log First Winning Season!
Some season highlights include:
In Week 3, under the Friday night lights, the Warriors dropped a tough 13-6 game to the Taft JV's (Bobcats; sometimes called Lightweights).
Interesting to note the Warriors played the preliminary game to the Taft-Wasco varsity game, won by Taft, before 3,000 fans.
In what proved to be the championship game, the Warriors lost a rugged Week 6 game to the Shafter Generals, 7-0. With the win,
Shafter won the South Sierra League title for the second year in a row.
In Week 7, the Warriors traveled to Bakersfield to play at Griffith Field against the East High School Blades.
Tehachapi scored two touchdowns in the second half to upset the Blades, 13-0. Wayne Warner ran back a 53 yard TF for the first score;
and his brother Roy Warner ran in the second TD from 7 yards (Partin PAT kick).
In Week 8 against Lone Pine, Roy Warner scored 3 TD's to lead Tehachapi to an 18-0 shutout of the Golden Eagles.
In the season finale, the high school Warriors defeated the alumni Warriors 13-0. Roy Warner and QB John Valdez paced the younger Warriors scoring one TD apiece.
Tehachapi also had a great defense in 1939, allowing only 29 points.
The 1939 Tehachapi offense prepares for an upcoming game under the watchful eye of coach Joe Barkin' Kelly. ( Photo by The Bakersfield Californian).
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LISTING OF SIERRA CHAMPS
OPPONENT THS OPP L GAME HIGHLIGHT Sep 23 McFarland * 00 00 H Oct 7 Maricopa 32 00 H Roy Warner: 1 TD run Oct 13 Taft JV's (Bobcats) 06 13 A Oct 20 Maricopa * 20 02 A Oct 27 McFarland 07 00 A McFarland forfeited this game Nov 4 Shafter * 00 07 A Nov 11 East High Blades (Bakersfield) * 13 00 A Wayne Warner: 1 TD, 53 yard int. return Nov 18 Lone Pine 20 07 A Roy Warner: 3 TD's Nov 22 Alumni 12 00 H Roy Warner: 1 TD
* Denotes South Sierra League Game