1951 Warriors

Pictured above are the 1951 Valley Champions, top row standing, left to right, Ken Peters, Ernie Muro, Troy Porter, Jack Elliot,
Dick Johnson, Dwayne Stevens, David Elizondo, Rudy Muro, Coach Goodell, middle row, Clarence Lovelace, Ben Austin, Norman Wills,
Dick Fritz, Sam Jenson, Harmon Fletcher, bottom row, Jack Gassaway, Leo Humphrey, John Cummings, Carroll Killingsworth,
Ed Sparks, Don Gross, Vernon Hoffman, and Victor Cortez.

1951 Warriors Win 1st Valley Championship!
Perfect 9-0 Undefeated Record

The explosive 1951 Warriors had a perfect season by winning nine straight games. Tehachapi won both their fourth straight Sierra League Championship (3-0 in league play) and the San Joaquin Valley "Small Schools" Championship.

In Week 1, the Warriors shutout Barstow, 20-0. Muro scored on a run and Killingsworth threw two TD passes to Lovelace.

In Week 2, Tehachapi crushed Trona, 40-6. Muro rushed for 94 yards on 5 carries and scored 1 rushing TD. Muro also threw for a TD and caught a TD pass in the game. Killingsworth also threw a TD pass to Cortez.

In Week 3, it was an impressive 38-0 game over the Victorville Jackrabbits. The Warriors totaled 347 offensive yards, rushing for 272 yards and passing for 75. Rudy Muro paced the Warriors with 109 yards rushing. Killingsworth rushed for two short TD dive plays and he threw one TD pass to Cortez.

Week 4 was another dominant performance against the East High Bakersfield JV's. Tehachapi won 45-6 behind TWO Killingsworth-to-Lovelace TD passes. Killingsworth, Muro, and Fletcher all added one rushing TD apiece.

The Warriors opened up Sierra League play in Week 5 by blanking Maricopa, 58-0. Rudy Muro scored 3 TD's to lead the green and white. Muro also threw two TD passes to Fletcher and Jensen, respectively.

Week 6 would bring the BIG GAME against rival Garces. A fired up Warrior team destroyed the Rams on the mountain, 53-13. Killingsworth threw a record 7 TD passes to lead the Warriors. The aerial assault included four forward passes; two hook-and-lateral passes; and one lateral double- pass play from behind the line of scrimmage. Troy Porter was on the receiving end of three TD passes; Clarence Lovelace caught 2 TD passes; and Rudy Muro scored twice on TD passes. David Elizondo scored the final Warrior TD of the game on a 38 yard running play.

In Week 7, Tehachapi had their largest offensive output of the season by defeating the Bakersfield varsity "blue" team, 59-0. Killingsworth continued with his hot hand by firing three more TD passes to Lovelace, Fletcher, and Peters. Rudy Muro also scored two rushing TD's.

In the league finale, Tehachapi hit the road and toppled McFarland 44-13 in the valley. Muro had two TD runs, Killingsworth had two TD runs, Fletcher had a TD run, and Killingsworth threw 1 TD pass to Porter.

As the "southern" Sierra League champions, the Warriors earned the right to play the "northern" Sierra League champion Riverdale Cowboys. On a cold and windy day on the mountain, before an estimated 500 Warrior fans, Tehachapi defeated the Riverdale Cowboys at home by a final 39 to 19 count. Rudy Muro scored two touchdowns and rushed for 110 yards. Fletcher added a TD run, Killingsworth threw a bomb to Porter for a TD, and Lovelace also hauled in a TD pass from Muro.

The Warriors, behind quarterback Carroll Killingsworth, scored a record 396 points for the season, averaging 44 points per game (a school record). Killingsworth threw 23 TD passes (a new school record), rushed for 6 TD's, and booted 29 PAT's for a total of 65 points scored.

Running back Rudy Muro also set an individual scoring record of 109 points (18 TD's and 1 PAT). He was the leading scorer in Kern County in 1951!

Other offensive scorers included wide receiver Lovelace 9 TD's (all pass receptions); Fletcher 8 TD's; Porter 7 TD's; Elizondo and Cortez with 4 TD's apiece.

Earning 1st team All-Sierra League honors were Clarence Lovelace (wide receiver), Dwayne Stevens (tackle), Ed Sparks (guard), Rudy Muro (running back), Carrol Killingsworth (quarterback). All-League Honorable Mention honors went to Troy Porter (end), Norman Wills (center), Harmon Fletcher (back), and David Elizondo (back).

Rudy Muro was a 2nd team selection to the prestigious All-San Joaquin Valley football team.

Warrior defenders (white helmets w/stripe) move in for a tackle #60 Norman Wills, #46 Ed Sparks, and #62 Vernon Hoffman.
The Warrior defense allowed only nine (9) TD's all season long (9 games)!

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Game-by-Game Results

Sep 22Barstow 20 00HRudy Muro: 1 TD Rushing
Sep 29Trona 40 06ARudy Muro: 2 TD's
Oct 6Victorville 38 00ACarroll Killingsworth: 2 TD's Rushing
Oct 13East High JV's (Bakersfield) 45 06HClarence Lovelace: 2 TD Pass Rec.
Oct 19Maricopa * 58 00A Rudy Muro: 3 TD's
Oct 27Garces (Bakersfield) * 53 13HCarroll Killingsworth: 7 TD Passes!
Nov 3Bakersfield High Blues 59 00H Carroll Killingsworth: 3 TD Passes
Nov 9McFarland * 44 13ARudy Muro: 3 TD's

* Denotes Sierra League Game

San Joaquin Valley Playoffs

Nov 17Riverdale 39 19HRudy Muro: 2 TD's Rushing