Pictured above are front row, left to right, Elwin Williams, Bob Johnson, Carlos Martinez, Tony Elizondo, Frank Fletcher, Gilbert Vasquez,
Freddie Damian, Ed Sparks, middle row, Troy Porter, David Elizondo, Billy Melton, Gene Gilliland, Don Peters, Morris Grantham,
Richard Abernathy, back row, Jim Fitzgerald, Walfred Delzer, Joe Whitby, Carroll Killingsworth, Dick Edwards, and coach John Goodell.
Warriors Capture Sierra League Championship
For Second Straight Year
Under head coach John Goodell, the 1949-50 Warriors won the Sierra League championship for the second consecutive year.
The team finished with a record of 4-0 in league play; and 7-3 overall.
In the Week 1 home opener against Barstow, the Warriors won 18-6 behind the passing combination of brothers Tony Elizondo-to-David Elizondo.
The Elizondo brothers accounted for the first two TD's while Morris Grantham punched in the third TD on a short running play.
The Wariors then lost back-to-back non-league games on the road against a talented Victorville team and the East Bakersfield junior varsity team.
In both games the Warrior offense was limited to just one TD score.
Tehachapi rebounded nicely from these losses with dominating league wins over Arvin, 45-0, in Week 4, and a 30-13 whipping over Maricopa in Week 5.
In Week 6, on the mountain, the Warriors won their third league game with a 44-0 shutout of the Rams. The scoring parade included three
touchdowns by Gilbert Vasquez; Don Peters, Bob Moore, Grantham and Jim Fitzgerald all scored one TD apiece.
In Week 7, the Warriors defeated the Bakersfield High School Blues by a final 25-13 count in a non-league contest.
The Blues are the BHS Drillers reserve players.
In Week 8 at McFarland, the Warriors clinched the 1949 Sierra League championship with a sound 33-13 win over the Cougars.
Billy Melton scored two TD's on runs of 35 and 82 yards; Paters scored on an 8 yard rushing play; QB Elizondo scored on a 5 yard scamper;
and Vasquez scored on a 12 yard run play. Peters scored on 3 of 5 PAT attempts.
In Week 9, coach Goodell organized a final non-league game to prevent a three week break between games (the championship game was scheduled for Dec. 3).
Trona agreed to play the Warriors in Tehachapi, and Tehachapi coasted to an easy 34-7 victory.
Scoring for the Warriors were Fitzgerald with two TD's on short run plays; Melton scored twice on
runs of 39 and 60 yards; and Vasquez hauled in a 12 yard TD pass.
After a two week break, the 1949 Warriors lost in the small school Sierra Division valley championship game to powerful Shafter, 32-7.
QB Elizondo connected with Vasquez on a 10 yard pass play in the fourth quarter for the Warriors only score.
Quarterback Tony Elizondo, lineman Gene Gilliland, and running backs Billy Melton and Don Peters made the All-Sierra League 1st team;
while David Elizondo and Franklin Fletcher made the all-league 2nd team. Tony Elizondo and Gilliland also made the All-Valley all-star team.
Of note, this was the first time that Tehachapi High fielded a "B" Team (or a Junior Varsity). The "B" team won 2 and lost 2.
Their two wins were over East High's C team (Bakersfield) and Arvin High's JV team.
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|Sep 24||Barstow||18||06||H||David Elizondo: 2 TD Pass Rec.|
|Oct 01||Victorville||06||24||A||Elwin Williams: 1 TD Pass Rec.|
|Oct 08||East High JV's (Bakersfield)||06||18||A||Elwin Williams: 1 TD Pass Rec.|
|Oct 15||Arvin *||45||00||H|
|Oct 21||Maricopa *||30||13||A|
|Oct 29||Garces (Bakersfield) *||44||00||H||Gilbert Vasquez: 3 TD's|
|Nov 05||Bakersfield JV's||25||13||H|
|Nov 11||McFarland *||33||13||A||Billy Melton: 2 TD's rushing|
|Nov 19||Trona||34||07||H||Billy Melton: 2 TD's rushing|
* Denotes League Game
|Dec 3||Shafter||07||32||H||Gilbert Vasquez: 1 TD Pass Rec.|
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