1950 Warriors

The 1950 Warriors include, bottom row, l to r, Carroll Killingsworth, Bob Moore, Carlos Martinez, Don Peters, coach John Goodell,
Bob Johnson, Walfred Delzer, and Eddie Morphis, 2nd row, John Cummings, David Elizondo, Bob Weins, Rudy Muro, Harmon Fletcher,
Ed Sparks, Carl Liebel, Dwain Rogers, 3rd row, Dick Fritz, Dick Johnson, L. Hifner, Dwayne Stevens, Ben Austin, Morris Grantham, Clarence Lovelace,
top row, Troy Porter, Jim Elliot, and Norman Willis.

Warriors Capture Sierra League Championship
For Third Straight Year

For the third straight season, the Warriors of Tehachapi High won a Sierra league championship. The 1950 Warriors were a perfect 5-0 in league play and finished the season with an overall 7-1 record.

The Warriors started the season with three non-league games against teams from the high desert. In Week 1, the Warriors traveled to Barstow to face the Riffians. In their only loss of the season, Tehachapi lost a tough 19 to 26 game. Speedy Morris Grantham scored 2 TD's rushing. Quarterback Bob Moore also tossed a TD pass to favorite receiver Carroll Killingsworth.

In week 2, the Warriors bounced back by topping Trona, 20-6, before a delighted hometown crowd. Bob Moore complete 8 of 16 passes for 85 passing yards to lead the Warriors. He connected on TD passes to David Elizondo and Rudy Muro. Moore also rushed for one TD on a short dive play. Grantham led the Warriors on the ground picking up 89 yards in six carries.

In Week 3, the Warriors crushed Victorville 33-0. The Warriors again had a balanced offensive attack as Moore connected on 6 of 17 passes for 90 yards. Don Peters picked up 2 TD's rushing; Muro rushed for 1 TD; and a Moore to Grantham to Muro pass was good for another TD.

In Week 4, league play began, and Tehachapi traveled to Arvin. The Warriors defeated the second year school, 26-7, which fielded a team of underclassmen. Moore threw TD passes to Elizondo and Killingsworth; Grantham added another TD rushing; and Harmon Fletcher closed out the scoring with a rushing TD.

In Week 5, the Warriors blanked long time rival Maricopa 31-0. Troy Porter ran back an interception for a TD for the first Warrior score; both Peters and Muro rushed for TD's; Peters connected with Porter with a TD pass; and Fletcher hit Elizondo with a TD pass.

In Week 6, in the "Game of the Season", the Warriors traveled to Bakersfield and upset the highly touted Garces Rams, 26-13. Bob Moore had a big game throwing three TD passes. Moore also rushed for another TD.

In Week 7, Tehachapi crushed Alpaugh 37-0, playing most of their reserves throughout the game. In the final week of play, the Warriors defeated McFarland 37-12. Moore threw TD passes to Killingsworth and Elizondo; Muro rushed for a TD; Fletcher rushed for a TD; Peters also hit Killingsworth for a TD pass; and Moore also ran back an interception for a TD.

Both Tehachapi (southern) and Corcoran (northern) had earned the right to play a Valley Championship game. But in somewhat unusual circumstances, both schools agreed not to play the championship game. Both schools were plagued by injuries and desired to "move on" to the basketball season (both coaches were also the varsity basketball coaches). So, the big game of 1950 was never played!

For the season, Rudo Muro led the team in scoring by rushing for 6 TD's and scoring 36 points; Carroll Killingsworth scored 5 TD's and 1 PAT for 31 points; Don Peters 5 TD's and 1 PAT for 31 points; Bob Moore 4 TD's and 7 PAT's (all drop kicks) for 31 points; David Elizondo had 4 pass reception TD's; and Porter, Grantham, and Fletcher rounded out the scoring with 3 TD's apiece.

Earning 1st team all-league honors for the 1950 Warriors were lineman Fred Damian, wide receiver David Elizondo, running back Morris Grantham, lineman Bob Johnson, quarterback Bob Moore, and lineman Ed Sparks. Bob Johnson also earned honors on the All San Joaquin Valley team. Harmon Fletcher, Carroll Killingsworth, and Don Peters were selected to the all league 2nd team.

Pictured above are Warrior Co-Captains Don Peters (left) and Bob Johnson (right). Both players were selected to the
All-Sierra League 1st team. Johnson, a lineman, also earned all-valley honors as well.

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Game-by-Game Results

Sep 22Barstow 19 26AMorris Grantham: 2 TD's rushing
Sep 30Trona 20 06HBob Moore: 2 TD's passing
Oct 7Victorville 33 00HDon Peters: 2 TD's rushing
Oct 14Arvin *  26 07ABob Moore: 2 TD's passing
Oct 21Maricopa *  31 00HTroy Porter: 2 TD's
Oct 28Garces (Bakersfield) *  26 13ABob Moore: 3 TD's passing
Nov 4Alpaugh *  37 00A
Nov 11McFarland *  37 12HRudy Muro: 1 TD rushing

* Denotes Sierra League Game