The 1969 Warriors include, top row, left to right Jim Freng, Ray Koehler, Wayne Logcrier, Harold Fite, Joaquin Gaeta, David Cord,
Brian Villalobos, Russ Ary, Bob Warner, Vic Capetillo, Marv Williams, Bruce Norris, Mike Uli, Ed Mata, bottom row, Chuck Smith, Joe Quiroga,
Rick Gary, Javier Quesada, Bob Sanchez, Larry Morphis, Dennis Grantham, Tony Samano, David King, Bob Melton, Al Aguilar, and Randy Perry.
The 1969 Warriors won their first five games of the season and appeared to be on their way to a third straight DIL championship.
Warriors Finish at 6-3 in 1969
3rd Place Finish in DIL
But three tough losses in their last four games eliminated all championship and playoff hopes.
In Week 1, junior running back Randy Perry rushed for 105 yards and 1 TD to lead Tehachapi over Lone Pine, 21-0,
before a delighted hometown crowd.
In Week 2, emerging star quarterback Rick Gary passed for 109 yards and scored 2 TD's as the Warriors defeated Paraclete, 21-14, at Antelope Valley JC in Lancaster.
The highly touted Spirits featured senior running back Manuel Avila who played for the Warriors during the 1967 and 1968 seasons.
In Week 3, Tehachapi blew out perennial league doormat Kern Valley 31-12 as Perry rushed for 107 yards and 2 TD's. In the game,
lineman/linebacker Brian Villalobos returned a fumble 94 yards for a touchdown --- a new school record.
The Warriors traveled to The Sand Pit in Week 4 to battle Trona. As always, the going was tough in The Pit and Tehachapi got out of town
with a narrow 6-0 victory. Rick Gary scored the lone Warrior TD.
It was five in a row in Week 5 as Tehachapi rallied to pull out a 12-7 win over the Mojave Mustangs. Junior QB Rick Gary rushed
for 50 yards and scored 2 TD's and Randy Perry chipped in with 49 yards.
The stage was set for a showdown of undefeated teams in Week 6 as Tehachapi traveled to Boron to meet the much bigger Bobcats.
Boron jumped out to an early 20-7 lead, and held on to defeat the Warriors 20-15. Boron would go on to win the DIL championship
AND the CIF small schools championship of Southern California. The Bobcats defeated Yucca Valley in the finals, 14-0.
Tehachapi rebounded in Week 7, on the mountain, with their biggest offensive explosion of the season in a 45-14 romp of Desert.
Gary went 4-8 in the air for 162 passing yards (6-10, 214 as a team) and running back Ed Mata rushed for 129 yards and 3 TD's.
Still in the hunt for a league title or a playoff berth, the Warriors hosted the Rosamond Roadrunners in Week 8. The Runners' featured sensational
running back Jimmy Johnson. The Warrior defense held Johnson to his lowest yardage totals of the season,
but a lackluster Warrior offense could not muster more than 1 TD. Rosamond won, 14-6,
with Gary picking up 85 yards on the ground, and completing 8 of 21 passes for 82 yards.
In the final game of the season, Tehachapi made the long trek up north to Bishop to battle the Broncos of the High Sierras.
In another nailbiter, Bishop prevailed by a final 18-14 count. Gary fired for a season high 167 yards through the air (8 for 17 passing)
and rushed for 85 yards and 2 TD's.
Tehachapi finished the season at 6-3, losing all three games by less than one touchdown! Rosamond and Paraclete finished at 7-2 in league play.
This was a highly talented Warrior team that played in a season that featured tremendous league competition --- justified by Boron winning a CIF southern section championship!
The Warrior workhorse Rick Gary rushed for 435 yards and led the Warriors with 12 TD's (74 total points). He also completed 39 passes
in 92 attempts for 766 passing yards. Randy Perry chipped in with 411 yards and 3 TD's.
Brian Villalobos earned all-league 1st team honors on BOTH offense (lineman) and defense (linebacker). Bob Warner (def. lineman) was the only
other Warrior to make the all-league 1st team. Rick Gary was selected to the 2nd team as a running back.
Warrior Brian Villalobos listens to some strategic instructions by coach Gary Ogilvie.
Villalobos was selected as both an all-DIL 1st team selection as both a defensive linebacker
and an offensive lineman.
Junior Warrior running back Randy Perry (23) rushed for 411 yards during the 1969 season and scored 3 TD's.
His best game of the season was a 107 yard effort in a 31-12 victory over Kern Valley in Week 3.
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LISTING OF DIL CHAMPS
OPPONENT THS OPP L GAME HIGHLIGHT Sep 20 Lone Pine 21 00 H Randy Perry: 1 TD, 105 yds. rushing Sep 26 Paraclete (Lancaster) 21 14 A Rick Gary: 2 TD's, 109 yds. passing Oct 4 Kern Valley (Lake Isabella) 31 12 H Randy Perry: 2 TD's, 107 yds. rushing Oct 11 Trona 06 00 A Rick Gary: 1 TD, 35 yds. rushing Oct 18 Mojave 12 07 H Rick Gary: 2 TD's, 50 yds. rushing Oct 25 Boron 15 20 A Rick Gary: 1 TD, 51 yds. rushing Nov 1 Desert (Edwards AFB) 45 14 H Ed Mata: 3 TD's, 129 yds. rushing Nov 8 Rosamond 06 14 H Rick Gary: 1 TD, 85 yds. rushing Nov 14 Bishop 14 18 A Rick Gary: 2 TD's, 85 yds. rushing