Front row, l to r: Dane Griffeth, Martin Rolin, Steve Peck, Brian Edwards, Darrin Schultz, Paul Martinez, Marc Degagne, Gerald Bryant, Matt Dana, Richard Vieyra, Ron Caoua,
Middle row, Ernie Muro, Scott Pendley, Allen Collier, Anthony Lopez, Robby Pratt, James Stanton, Byron O’Neil, Phil House, Kevin Young, Mike Escobedo, Ron Tabor, Trey Weeks,
Back Row, Tom Hobson, Glenn Barrett, Kelly Harrington, Benjy Stoebner, Scott Hiebert, Duane Pettitt, Kevin Hawn, Todd Trimm, Mark Waddell, Glynn Schkade, and Vance Bowman.
The 1981 Warriors fell one game short of repeating as CIF champions, finishing with a final season record of 13 wins and 1 loss, 5-0 in non-league play, 5-0 in league play, and 3-1 in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
Warriors Win 2nd Straight DIL Championship
1981 CIF Finals: Desert 15 Tehachapi 3
The Warriors won the DIL championship for the second year in a row, and dating back to the 1980 season, won a school record 26 straight games!
The 1981 season also marked the end of a brilliant coaching career by Gary Ogilvie. Ogilvie had two head coaching stints at Tehachapi, from 1971 to 1974, and from 1979 to 1981. In his seven seasons, the Warriors compiled an overall record of 68 wins and 12 losses.
In Week 1, quarterback Erik Oberg threw for 187 yards passing and four TD's to lead Tehachapi over Rosamond, 34-0. The scoring parade included an Oberg-to-Benjy Stoebner 16 yard pass; a short Stoebner TD run; an Oberg-to-Stoebner 72 yard TD pass; an Oberg-to-Duane Pettitt TD pass; and another Oberg-to-Stoebner 22 yard pass. Stoebner also connected on 4 of 5 PAT kicks.
The Warriors were at home in Week 2 and defeated Boron, 28-7. Glynn Schkade scampered into the end zone on a 15 yard run for the first TD; Oberg hit Pettitt on a 6 yard pass for the second TD; it was Oberg-to-Stoebner on a 36 yard pass play for TD number three; and Casey Villicana scored on a short run for the final tally. Stoebner was a perfect 4 for 4 with PAT kicks.
The Warriors improved to 3-0 in Week 3 by manhandling McFarland 44-13. Tehachapi ammassed a whopping 502 yards on offense; 391 yards rushing and 111 passing (6-9). Oberg connected with Muro on a 31 yard TD pass play to get things rolling; Kelly Harrington then scored on a 13 yard TD run; Oberg hit Muro again on another TD pass play; Harrington scored again as well on a 11 yard TD run; Scott Hiebert dropped a McFarland running back in the end zone for a safety; Schkade scored on a 6 yard run play; and Casey Hawn scored the final TD on a 15 yard run. Stoebner booted 6 PAT's in the game.
In Week 4, the Warriors tangled with one of their toughest opponents in 1981, holding on to nip South Sequoia League foe Shafter, 8-6. The Warriors scored first on a 17 yard TD pass from Oberg to Stoebner. Stoebner also scored the 2 point conversion on a run play to make it 8-0.
The Warriors were a perfect 5-0 in pre-league play after whipping Avenal High School, 31-0. With Oberg missing most of the game from illness, the Warriors resorted to the ground game with 259 yards rushing. Schkade scored on a 1 yard TD plunge (Stoebner PAT kick); Schkade scored again on a 56 yard TD run; Muro scored on a 25 yard reverse play; Scott Pendley scored on a 45 yard interception play for a TD; and Richard Vieyra scored on a 6 yard TD run.
In The DIL opener on the mountain, Tehachapi defeated a very solid Desert Scorpion team, 17-7. Harrington scored on a 2 yard TD run and Stoebner kicked a long field goal (and two PAT's).
In Week 7, Tehachapi remained undefeated crushing Mojave 56-6. Vieyra began the scoring assault with a 4 yard TD run. Stoebner then booted the first of his seven PAT kicks to make it 7-0; Marc Degagne scored on a 10 yard TD run (Muro to Pettitt for a 2 point conversion); Schkade hit paydirt on a 2 yard dive play; Schkade scored again on a 3 yard power play; Muro intercepted the ball for a 16 yard TD return; Mike Escobedo scored on a 35 yard TD run; Degagne scored TD number two on an 8 yard play; and Degagne scored his third TD of the game on another 10 yard run.
Tehachapi made the long trek north in Week 8 to battle rival Bishop. The Warriors played inspired football to defeat the Broncos, 33-14. The first score came on a 9 yard Oberg to Pettitt TD pass; Oberg then connected with Muro on another 24 yard TD pass play; Vieyra scored the next two TD's on runs of 1 and 4 yards; and Degagne scored the final TD on a 3 yard run play (Stoebner PAT kick). Pettitt had a tremendous game hauling in 5 catches for 68 yards.
In Week 9 the Warriors played host to the Kern Valley Broncos. The Broncos stunned the hometown crowd by scoring first and took a 7-0 lead into the fourth quarter. Tehachapi rallied for a fourth quarter TD when Vieyra scored on a short run play. Schkade scored the all important 2 point conversion to preserve the 8-7 victory.
In the regular season finale, Tehachapi remained undefeated, by topping Paraclete, 33-7. Oberg hit Pettitt on a 17 yard pass play for the first score (Stoebner PAT kick); Stoebner then had the longest run play of the year with an 83 yard TD scamper (Muro to Pettitt 2 pt. conversion); Harrington then scored on a 7 yard TD run; Oberg then hit Stoebner with a 35 yard TD pass; and Darrin Schultz rounded out the scoring with a 30 yard interception play for a TD.
In the first round of the CIF Southern Section Inland Conference playoffs, the Warriors crushed Mammoth, 48-12. Stoebner scored the first TD on a 26 yard run play; Oberg hit Muro on a 28 yard pass play; Schkade scored on a 13 yard run; backup QB Martin Rolin scored on a 48 yard TD run; Rolin then fired a 10 yard pass to Matt Dana for a TD; and Vieyra closed out the scoring on a 12 yard run (Rolin 2 pt. conversion run). Stoebner booted 3 PAT kicks.
In second round playoff action, the playing conditions were challenging on a wet and soggy field, as Tehachapi traveled to Valley Christian. The Warriors trailed most of the game, 6-0, but rallied to score with 5:06 in the 4th quarter to win the game, 7-6. Oberg completed one of his three passes on the night to Stoebner on a 17 yard TD pass play, and then Stoebner calmly booted the PAT kick for the win.
In the semi-finals, the Warriors made the long trip to Needles. Oberg completed 8 of 13 passes against Needles for 79 yards, and the offense rushed for 198 yards, as Tehachapi shutout Needles, 20-0. Harrington scored the first TD on a 4 yard run play (Stoebner PAT kick); Oberg then hit Muro on a 15 yard TD pass play (Stoebner PAT kick); and Escobedo scored on an electric 55 yard TD run play with 36 seconds remaining in the game. Muro led the Warriors with 68 yards rushing, Harrington had 65 yards.
In the CIF championship game, the Warriors found themselves playing old league foe Desert, a team they beat earlier in the season, 17-7. This was the first time two DIL teams had met for a CIF championship game. Before a shocked hometown crowd, and despite the 145 yard (10-25) passing performance of Oberg, the Warriors were upset by the Scorpions, 15-3. Stoebner gave the Warriors a 3-0 lead in the first quarter with a 33 yard field goal kick. But the Warrior running game could only manage 13 yards in the first half and -6 yards rushing in the second half.
Offenively, the Warriors were led by quarterback Erik Oberg. Perhaps the best passing QB in Warrior history, Oberg completed 69-134 passes during the regular season (10 games), good for 1,084 yards and 12 TD's. For the season (14 games), Oberg shattered the single-season school passing records previously held by Steve Denman (1973) by passing for 1,402 yards and throwing 14 TD passes.
Stoebner led the team in scoring with over 100 points including 11 TD's; 2 field goals; three 2 pt. conversions; and 32 PAT kicks.
All league 1st team offensive selections included quarterback Erik Oberg, lineman Mark Waddell (6'5"), and Stoebner as a kicker and wide receiver. The 2nd team included end Duane Pettitt (6'5"); lineman James Stanton; and running back Glynn Schkade.
The Warrior defense was one of the best in Warrior history. The Warrior defense shutout three opponents, held seven opponents to 1 touchdown per game, and the remaining four opponents were held to two touchdowns per game. All league 1st team defensive selections include lineman Todd Trimm; defensive back Ernie Muro; and defensive end Pettitt. The 2nd team included lineman Tom Hobson and Kelly Harrington.
Earning ALL-CIF honors for the Warriors in 1981 were Benjy Stoebner, as a defensive back, and defensive lineman Duane Pettitt. Pettitt would go on to star at San Diego State as a defensive lineman and would enjoy a brief stint in the NFL.
The junior varsity Braves won a co-championship along with Paraclete of Lancaster finishing with a final 4-0-1 league record; 9-0-1 for the season overall.
Glynn Schkade takes the pitch from QB Erik Oberg.
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LISTING OF DIL CHAMPS
OPPONENT THS OPP L GAME HIGHLIGHT Sep 11 Rosamond 34 00 A Erik Oberg: 4 TD passes Sep 18 Boron 28 07 H Benjy Stoebner: 1 TD Sep 25 McFarland 44 13 A Ernie Muro: 2 TD's Oct 2 Shafter 08 06 H Benjy Stoebner: 1 TD Oct 9 Avenal 31 00 A Glynn Schkade: 2 TD's Oct 16 Desert (Edwards AFB)* 17 07 H Kelly Harrington: 1 TD Oct 23 Mojave* 56 06 H Marc Degagne: 3 TD's Oct 30 Bishop* 33 14 A Richard Vieyra: 2 TD's Nov 6 Kern Valley (Kernville)* 08 07 H Richard Vieyra: 1 TD Nov 13 Paraclete (Lancaster)* 33 07 A Benjy Stoebner: 2 TD's
* Denotes League Game
CIF Southern Section Inland Conference Playoffs
OPPONENT THS OPP L GAME HIGHLIGHT Nov 20 Mammoth 48 12 H Martin Rolin: 1 TD Nov 27 Valley Christian 07 06 A Benjy Stoebner: 1 TD Dec 4 Needles 20 00 A Kelly Harrington: 1 TD Dec 11 Desert (Edwards AFB) 03 15 H Benjy Stoebner: 1 FG, 33 yd. kick
Quarterback Eric Oberg cranks up to throw a pass with a defender in his face.
Oberg shattered single-season school passing records previously held by Steve Denman (1973)
by passing for 1,402 yards and throwing 14 TD passes for the season (14 games).