1946 Warriors

The 1946 Warriors include, back row, left to right, Edwin Jones, John Barrera, Paul Sparks, Bill Dupont, Jesse Peters,
Fred Castro, George Koutroulis, Garnett Summy, Coach John Goodell, second row, Lewis Damian, Sherman Scott,
Arman Bender, Willie Gonzales, Richard Wonacott, Manuel Sanchez, front row, Bud Winans, Richard Vasquez, Tony Elizondo,
Jerrell Clements, Steve Monroe, Jimmy Morentin, Jimmy Anthony, and Leonard Fletcher.

Warriors Finish With Winning 4-3-2 Record
2nd Place Finish in Sierra League

The 1946 Warriors finished the season with a final winning record of 4 wins, 3 losses, and 2 ties. In Sierra League play, the Warriors won 2 games and lost 1 to league champion Shafter.

The Warriors lost their opening season game to Lancaster (Antelope Valley) High School, 20-12. A Peters-to-Gonzales pass scored the first TD and Muro ran for the second TD.

In game 2, in a defensive battle, the Warriors and Jackrabbits played to a 0-0 tie game. In Game 3, the Warriors traveled to Bishop and were shutout by the Broncos, 18-0.

The Warriors got their first victory of the season in Week 4 with a narrow 12-0 win over the East Bakersfield Junior Varsity team. Koutroulis ran back a 90 yard interception for a TD and Anthony ran back an 80 yard interception for a TD.

The Warriors opened up league play with a tough 7-0 win over McFarland. Quarterback Jesse Peters scored the only Warrior TD.

The Warriors ran their league record to 2-0 with a convincing 31-0 win over Maricopa. Jimmy Anthony scored 2 TD runs; Koutroulis scored a TD run; and Peters hit Willie Gonzales twice for TD passes.

This setup a championship showdown with Shafter. A talented Shafter team used an impressive passing game to route the Warriors 24-6. The Warriors only TD came right before the half ended on a fumble recovery in the Generals end zone. Shafter went on to win the San Joaquin Valley small schools championship.

The Warriors closed out the season by playing to a 6-6 tie in Barstow and winning the season finale on the hometown field, 13-0, over the St. Francis Shamrocks of Bakersfield. Against St. Francis (which would become Garces High School), Anthony and Jerrell Clements scored on TD runs. This was the first ever Tehachapi-Garces game.

For the 1946 season, halfback Jimmy Anthony led the team with 4 TD's; Willie Gonzales had 3 TD pass receptions (from Peters); George Koutroulis had 2 TD'; and Peters had 2 TD runs.

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Game-by-Game Results

Sep 28Antelope Valley (Lancaster) 12 20HWillie Gonzales: 1 TD Pass Rec.
Oct 05Victorville 00 00H
Oct 12Bishop 00 18A
Oct 19East High JV's (Bakersfield)  12 00XGeorge Koutroulis: 90 Yd. Int. TD Return
Oct 26McFarland * 07 00XJesse Peters: 1 TD Run
Nov 01Maricopa * 31 00X Jimmy Anthony: 2 TD Runs
Nov 08Shafter * 06 24A
Nov 16Barstow 06 06A Jesse Peters: 1 TD Run
Nov 23St. Francis (Bakersfield) 13 00HJimmy Anthony: 1 TD Run

* Denotes League Games