The 1942 Warriors, rebounded from a winless 1941 season, by posting a winning 6-3 record. The wins included
three victories over the local alumni team. Tehachapi outscored their opponents by a 131 to 69 margin. To this point,
this was considered the school's best football team in history!
As written in the 1943 Tomahawk, "Too much cannot be said about the splendid teamwork displayed this year. A hard charging, stone wall
line in perfect coordination with a fast, deceptive, powerful backfield led the Warriors to many a victory over teams from much larger schools.
At the close of the season, the school awarded gold footballs to the first 12 men for their outstanding work this year. They were ends Bobby Lee Smith
and Ray Castro, tackles Gene Myers and Frank Hainline, guards Bob Nelson and Lyndon Williams, center Ralph Mendoza, quarterback Bill Woods,
fullback Wilbur Griffin, and halfbacks Darrell Stevens, Stuart Nelson, and Stanley Sharp."
A season highlight was a five (5) touchdown performance by Wilbur Griffin on November 20, 1942 versus Maricopa.
This established a single game record for most TD's in a single game. This record would stand for over sixty years!
Warrior defenders move in for a tackle at Imhoff Field in Tehachapi.
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LISTING OF SIERRA CHAMPS
OPPONENT THS OPP L GAME HIGHLIGHT Oct 25 Alumni 12 00 H Ray Castro: 1 TD Pass Rec. Oct 31 Maricopa 12 00 A Stewart Nelson: 1 TD Pass Rec. Nov 6 Antelope Valley (Lancaster) 07 13 A Ray Castro: 1 TD Pass Rec. Nov 8 Alumni 13 00 H Nov 11 Wasco 14 18 A Nov 18 Antelope Valley (Lancaster) 14 06 H Nov 20 Maricopa 46 00 H Wilbur Griffin: 5 TD's Nov 23 Alumni 13 00 H Nov 25 East High (Bakersfield) 00 32 A
Quarterback Bill Woods #25 went on to play for UCLA for several years. Woods played the center position on offense
for the Bruins of Westwood. He later returned to the San Joaquin Valley and coached at East Bakersfield High School.