1978 Warriors

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Warriors Finish With Winning Season
- But Miss The Playoffs -

Under fourth year head coach Dennis Ruggles, the 1978 Warriors finished league play with a winning 4-3-2 record.

The Warriors opened the season by thumping Rosamond, 31-0. In that game, quarterback John Rolin completed 6-9 passes for 167 yards and
sophomore running back Mark Ricker exploded for 108 yards rushing in 19 carries, good for 3 touchdowns.

The following week, the Warriors had a tough time in The Pit as they played to a 6-6 tie at Trona.

Back to their winning ways, the Warriors defeated a pesky Boron team in Week 3, 15-6, behind the 134 yard rushing performance of Ricker.
That was followed by a 49-7 trouncing of Lone Pine, Ricker again picking up 138 rushing yards.

The impressive Warriors were sitting at 3-0-1 in league play entering Week 5 of the season. From this point on, the Warriors ran into bad luck.
In Week 5, Desert upset the Warriors, 9-6, at Edwards. Ricker picked up another 150 yards rushing in 31 carries.

In Week 6, the Warriors played eventual league champion Kern Valley to a 7-7 tie. Ricker netted 109 yards in 28 carries and scored the lone Warrior TD.
However, Ricker suffered an injury in th KV game, and would not play the following two weeks against Bishop and Mammoth.

The Warriors were nipped by Bishop, 7-6, and in a foot of snow, lost to Mammoth, 22-6. These two losses doomed the Warriors playoff chances.

In the league finale, the Warriors upset the Mojave Mustangs, 33-15. Once again QB Rolin was 8-16 passing, good for 106 yards. A healthy Ricker returned
to the gridiron, and chipped in with two touchdown runs. The Mustangs finished as the #2 team in the DIL and advanced to the playoffs.

This season would be the last season for head coach Dennis Ruggles. He finished his four year stay with the Warriors at 22-12-3.

Mark Ricker (running back) and Bob Wonacott (linebacker) were named to the all-league 1st team. David Backes (guard), Matt Ogan (lineman),
and Mark Pettigrew (defensive back) were named to the all-league 2nd team.

Quarterback John Rolin, Ogan, and Wonacott were named the Tri-Most Valuable Players for the team.

The Tehachapi Junior Varsity Braves were the league champions finishing the season with an undefeated record of 8 wins and 0 losses.
The Braves scored 273 points and only allowed 6 points all season. Team Most Valuable Players were Keith James and Robert Lewis.

For Brave head coach Harry Jasper, it was his fifth league championship team since he took over the junior varsity program in 1965.
He has had undefeated teams in 1966, 1972, and 1978.

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Game-by-Game Results

Sep 22Rosamond 31 00HMark Ricker: 3 TD's, 108 yds. rushing
Sep 29Trona 06 06AMark Ricker: 1 TD rushing
Oct 6Boron 15 06A Richard Heiller: 1 TD, fumble recovery
Oct 13Lone Pine 49 07H Mark Ricker: 2 TD's, 138 yds. rushing
Oct 20Desert (Edwards AFB) 06 09AMark Ricker: 1 TD, 150 yds. rushing
Oct 27Kern Valley (Lake Isabella) 07 07HMark Ricker: 1 TD, 109 yds. rushing
Nov 3Bishop 06 07H Richard Heiller: 1 TD rushing
Nov 11Mammoth 06 22A John Rolin: 1 TD rushing
Nov 17Mojave 33 15AMark Ricker: 2 TD's rushing

Sophomore running back Mark Ricker paced the Warriors with 960 yards rushing in 172 carries,
a 5.6 yards per carry average. Ricker also led the team with 10 touchdowns.