1975 Warriors

The 1975 Warriors include, top row, left to right, Rick Pinheiro, Dale Hamon, Darren Drake, Kerry Hawkins, Mike Shelton, Kevin Reeder,
Kenny James, Mike Backes, Pat Hawkins; middle row, Allen Decker, Earl Mitchell, Eddie Sparks, Ronald Frederickson,
Frank Shipman, Steve Barker, Brad Harrington, Mark Grantham, Joaquin Murguia, Alex Steele; bottom row, Marc Hackler, Unknown, Jon Morris,
Vince McLaughlin, Rick Ricker, Willie Bradley, Mike Capanas, Chet Bowles, and Jeff Gattian. The head coach was Dennis Ruggles.

Warriors Finish 2nd in DIL With 8-1 Mark
Under New Coach Dennis Ruggles

Under first year head coach Dennis Ruggles, the 1975 Warriors finished with an overall record of 8-2; 8-1 in Desert-Inyo League play.

Behind the offensive leadership of Jon Morris, and a tough Warrior defense, the Warriors won their first three games by blanking the opposition,
defeating Trona, 6-0; Desert, 26-0; and Rosamond, 33-0.

That set up a rematch with the defending league champion Bishop Broncos. The year before, the Broncos had knocked Tehachapi out of first place, by winningthe game, on the last play of the game. This year would be sweet revenge, as the Warriors defeated Bishop with seconds remaining in the game as quarterback Chet Bowles hit Jon Morris with an 18 yard TD pass. The TD gave the Warriors a thrilling 9-7 victory.

The following week the Warriors played host to an undefeated and suprising Boron Bobcat team. The Bobcat defense stopped the Warrior offense and held on to win, 14-6. This proved to be the championship game of the season as Boron won the league championship with a perfect 9-0 record.

The Warriors finished out the regular season by knocking off Mojave, 28-6; crushing Mammoth, 34-0; spearing Kern Valley, 33-16; and overwhelming Lone Pine, 35-7.

In the Mammoth game, running back Mike Capanis rushed for 233 yards in 17 carries, scoring two touchdowns.
The effort by Capanis was one of the top rushing performances by a Warrior in many years.

The Warriors, the #2 team in the DIL, were quickly eliminated in the playoffs by a powerful Valley Christian team, 30-7.

Jon Morris finished the season by leading the County in total points scored. Morris finished the season with 16 touchdowns
and 3 PAT's (2 pt. conversions) for a total of 102 points.

Selected to the all-league 1st team were defensive back Mike Capanas, kicker Vince McLaughlin, running back Jon Morris,
lineman Kevin Reeder, linebacker Rick Ricker, and defensive end Joe Verdugo. Reeder was also selected the Most
Valuable Player of the team by the coaching staff.

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Jon Morris (27) runs for big yardage in a game during the 1975 season. Morris led
the Warriors --- and the County --- in scoring with 16 TD's and 3 PAT's for a total of 102 points scored.
Morris was a 1st team All-DIL selection.

Game-by-Game Results

Sep 19Trona 06 00HJon Morris: 1 TD Pass Rec.
Sep 26Desert 26 00H Jon Morris: 1 TD, 84 yds. rushing
Oct 3Rosamond 33 00H Rick Ricker: 2 TD's
Oct 10Bishop 09 07AJon Morris: 1 TD Pass Rec.
Oct 17Boron 06 14HJon Morris: 1 TD Run
Oct 24Mojave 28 06 AJon Morris: 2 TD Runs, 123 Yds. Rushing
Oct 31Mammoth 34 00HMike Capanas: 2 TD's, 233 yds. rushing
Nov 7Kern Valley (Lake Isabella) 33 06AJon Morris: 4 TD's Rushing
Nov 14Lone Pine 35 07AJon Morris: 2 TD Runs, 145 Yds. Rushing

CIF Southern Section 1A Playoffs

Nov 21Valley Christian (Cerritos) 07 30AJon Morris: 1 TD

The 1975 team was led by all-league selections Mike Backes (64),lineman; Kevin Reeder (73), lineman;
and Jon Morris (27), running back. The trio were also the captains of the team.