The 1954 Warriors include top row, left to right, Eddie Jacobsen, Don Kennedy, Dewain Palmer, Bill White, Salvador Terrazes, Manuel Terrazes,
middle row, coach John Goodell, Kim Cummings, Kenny Patton, Ervin Hutson, Paul Knight, Harry Cowan, Roger Knight, asst. coach John Mires,
bottom row, Alfonso Muro, Pete Galan, LeRoy Williams, Bob Goodell, Ronald Thompson, Ken Carter, and Billy Douglas.
For the second straight season, the Warriors suffered a losing season finishing 1-3 in league play; 3-5 for the season.
Back-to-Back Losing Seasons For The Warriors
First Time Since 1940-41
This was the first back-to-back losing season for the Warriors since 1940-41.
Garces, which blanked the Warriors 48-0 in Bakersfield, won the South Sierra League championship.
Tehachapi was defeated 21-7 by a strong Trona team in the season opener. Al Muro scored the only Warrior TD.
In Week 2 on the mountain, Victorville had a slim 14-13 lead at the half, but broke the game wide open in the second half with 19 unanswered points.
Al Muro scored both first half TD's on runs of 1 and 29 yards. Muro also converted one PAT.
The Warriors traveled to Lone Pine for Week 3, and soundly defeated the Golden Eagles, 34-19. The scoring parade included
3 Al Muro TD runs; a TD by Pete Galan; and a TD by Robert Goodell. Muro also scored on 3 PAT's.
League play began in Week 4 at home with Maricopa. The Indians earned a convincing 21-7 win over the Hilltoppers with Al Muro scoring the lone Warrior TD on a short run play.
Tehachapi traveled to Oildale for a Week 5 contest versus the North High Stars. North prevailed in the second ever meeting between the two schools, 26-18. North jumped out to a 20-0 lead, only to have the Warriors come fighting back to close the gap to 20-18 by the half. But the Warriors could not score in the 2nd half. AL Muro scored on TD runs of 4 and 1 yards; Muro threw a 23 yard pass to Ken Patton for the other TD.
Eventual league champion Garces totally dominated the Warriors in Week 6 with a 48-0 thumping of the Warriors. Garces was led by QB Gary Ogilvie, who would later coach at both Garces and Tehachapi.
In Week 7, Tehachapi won their final league game of the season blanking McFarland, 34-0. Al Muro delighted the hometown crowd scoring 3 TD's, while Pete Galan ran for the other two TD's.
In the season finale, Tehachapi played Burroughs of Ridgecrest for the first time, defeating the Burros, 20-13. Al Muro scored two TD's and Joe Muro scored the other TD, plus two PAT's.
The 1954 Warriors were led by Captains Al Muro and Dewain Palmer. Al Muro led the Warriors in 1954 by scoring 90 points, making him the 2nd highest scorer in Kern County.
Of historical interest, this was the first time a Warrior head coach had an "assistant coach", as coach Goodell was assisted by Mr. John Mires. Coach Mires also coached the Braves junior varsity (1-2-1) football team.
In a game played at Imhof Field in Tehachapi, Warrior Donald Thompson #9 brings down an opponent
as Don Kennedy #13 and Bob Goodell #20 move in to assist.
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|Sep 25||Trona||07||13||H||Al Muro: 1 TD|
|Oct 2||Victorville||13||33||H||Al Muro: 2 TD's|
|Oct 9||Lone Pine||34||19||A||Al Muro: 3 TD's|
|Oct 16||Maricopa *||07||21||H||Al Muro: 1 TD|
|Oct 22||North High (Bakersfield) *||18||26||A||Al Muro: 2 TD's|
|Oct 29||Garces (Bakersfield) *||00||48||A|
|Nov 13||McFarland *||34||00||H||Al Muro: 3 TD's|
|Nov 20||Burroughs (Ridgecrest)||20||13||A||Al Muro: 2 TD's|
* Denotes Sierra League Game