From the 1945-46 Tomahawk Annual:
Warriors Finish With 4-4 Record
In Post World War II Era
"In 1945-46, the Warriors took to the gridiron eight times and came out with a .500 record. In the battles played,
the fighting eleven from T.V.U.H.S never stopped playing until the whistle blew at the end of the game. Too many times
were the Warriors outweighed but they were never outplayed. Johnny Goodell, the coach, taught the boys the idea of how to play
and win and how to lose like a real team.
Small but efficient, the team played with skill and teamwork and were feared by other schools. Tehachapi High School had a team
with a reputation known for sportsmanship and for good playing.
The 1945-46 year goes out and takes with it eight letterman veterans of whom will be missed next season. These fighting
veterans are Al Damian, Bruce Hudson, Tony Anthony, David Navarro, Gilbert Cervantes, Clide Fisher, Ralph Tallman, and Hugh Vasquez.
To these and all the rest of the pigskin handlers of 1945-46, we say, Nice going, you played some swell games."
1945 Season Summary Review
The post World War II era continued to create scheduling problems for the Warriors as many area schools still had difficulty
fielding football teams. Tehachapi did manage to coordinate a schedule against five different high schools totaling nine different
games. (Unfortunately, the second game against Trona was not played).
In Week 1, the Warriors blew out Maricopa, 32-7. Hugh Vasquez scored on TD runs of 60 and 40 yards; Jesse Peters
added two TD runs; and George Koutroulis scored the final TD.
In Week 2, Tehachapi ran their record to 2-0 after defeating Trona 26-20. The highly emotional game ended after the 3rd quarter
as the Trona coach pulled his team off of the field. Koutroulis had a big day firing a TD pass to Peters and scoring on a 55 yard TD run.
In Week 3, the Warriors won their third game in a row at home, defeating Victorville 24-6. Koutroulis, Peters,
Muro, and Sanchez all scored TD's.
The Warriors met their match in Week 4, losing a lopsided 33-0 game to the Bishop Broncos in Tehachapi.
In their first road game, the Warriors dropped a close 12-6 game to the Barstow Riffians. Peters threw a pass
to David Navarro for the lone Warrior TD.
In a rare mid-week afternoon game, the Warriors traveled to Maricopa and again defeated the Indians 33-21. Koutroulis
scored two TD's; Muro scored a TD; and Peters connected with Anthony on a TD pass.
In Week 7 action in Victorville, the Warriors dropped a 12-6 contest to the Jackrabbits. The lone Warrior TD was a
Johnson-to-Navarro-to-Anthony razzle dazzle TD pass.
In the Week 8 finale on Thanksgiving Day, in a defensive battle, the Warriors again lost to the Barstow Riffians by a 6-0 count.
This was an unusual 10:00 am start time on Turket Day before a festive hometown crowd.
For the season, the Warriors were led by halfback George Koutroulis who scored 5 TD's; quarterback Jesse Peters
chipped in with 4 TD's; halfback Hugh Vasquez had 4 TD's; and end Tony Anthony had 2 TD's.
Depending on the opponent in 1945, the Warriors either played 6 man, 8 man, or 11 man football games.
The Trona game was a 6 man contest, the Maricopa games were 8 man affairs, and the remainder of the games were
regular 11 man battles.
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|Oct 5||Maricopa||32||07||H||Jesse Peters: 2 TD's|
|Oct 13||Trona||26||20||H||Hugh Vasquez: 2 TD's|
|Oct 20||Victorville||24||06||H||Jesse Peters: 1 TD|
|Nov 3||Barstow||06||12||A||David Navarro: 1 TD pass rec.|
|Nov 10||Trona||A||Game cancelled|
|Nov 13||Maricopa||33||21||A||George Koutroulis: 2 TD's|
|Nov 17||Victorville||06||12||A||Tony Anthony: 1 TD pass rec.|