The 1984 Warriors include top row, l to r, John Heath, Robert Kovach, Marcos Curiel, John Handy, Jesse Aguilar, Pat Neelans, Shawn Small,
Mike Lester, Brian Williams, Terry deMontemorency, Mark Ogilvie, Ricardo Murguia, middle row, l to r, Mark Heerd, Eric Sabin, Ricky Rote, Robert Belisle,
Tony Arvizu, David Winterrowd, Mark Stainer, Roland Chacon, Jeff Cooper, Robby Cummings, Pat Snyder, Hohn Roemer, bottom row, l to r, Terry Jetton,
Mike Hopkins, Norman Villanueva, Bret Oberg, Shawn Robinson, Steve Caminiti, Don Heath, Ed Stoebner, Lance Patton, Neal Losey, James Bryant, and Richard Dreith.
The coaches are Steve Denman, Rick Dodson, Merv Huston, Fred Schkade, and Cliff Wiggins.
The 1984 Warriors finished with an overall season record of 5-6; 3-2 in league play. For Tehachapi and third year coach Steve Denman, it was the first losing season since 1977.
Warriors Finish Below .500 At 5-6
First Losing Season Since 1977
In Week 1, the Warriors defeated Boron in a low scoring affair, 9-6. Patrick Snyder ran for the first Tehachapi TD and senior Ricky Rote punched through the game winning field goal.
Snyder asserted himself in Week 2, rushing for 177 yards and scoring 3 TD's in a 23-12 victory over Rosamond. The Warriors also scored on a safety and Rote was a perfect 3 for 3 in PAT kicks.
The Warriors suffered their first loss of the season in Week 3, as South Sequoia League (SSL) member Wasco toppled the Warriors, 20-7. QB Bret Oberg hit Steve Caminiti on a 10 yard pass play for the lone Warrior score (Rote PAT kick).
Shafter, another SSL team, defeated the Warriors in Week 4 by a 28 to 7 margin. This time Oberg connected with Rote on a 20 yard pass play for the struggling Warrior offense (Rote PAT kick).
In their final pre-league contest, Tehachapi suffered their third straight loss to a SSL team, as Garces overpowered the Warriors 23-13. Snyder scored both TD's on running plays.
In the Desert-Inyo League (DIL) opener, the Warriors traveled to Lake Isabella where the eventual league champion Broncos won, 18-7. Oberg passed for 185 yards, including a TD pass to Caminiti (Rote PAT kick).
In Week 7, Tehachapi won their first league game by nipping Bishop, 20-18, before an enthusiastic hometown crowd. The Warriors dropped Bishop for a safety which proved to be the difference in the game. Running back John Handy scored twice for the Warriors.
Tehachapi dropped to 1-2 in DIL play in Week 8, as the Paraclete Spirits outlasted the Warriors, 18-14.
The Warriors evened their DIL record to 2-2 in Week 9, with a 34-24 route of Mojave. John Handy led the Warrior offensive explosion rushing for 158 yards and scoring 3 TD's.
The Warriors qualified for the playoffs by defeating Desert High on the last night of the regular season, 10-7. The win gave the Warriors a 3-2 DIL record, and sole possession of 2nd place behind league champion Kern Valley. Snyder led the Warriors with 112 yards rushing (Rote PAT kick) and scored a TD. Rote also booted his third field goal of the season to give Tehachapi the win.
The Warriors were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Olympic League runner-up Ontario Christian, 14-6. Handy scored the lone Warrior TD.
Patrick Snyder led the Warriors in 1984 by rushing for 1,042 yards in 11 games (970 regular season yds. + 72 playoff yds.).
Earning ALL-DIL 1st team honors were running back Patrick Snyder, lineman Mark Strainer, defensive end Troy Arviso, and defensive back Steve Caminiti.
Steve Caminiti tackles a Boron running back while Roland Chacon (34), Brian Williams (50),
and Mike Lester (78) pursue the action. The Warriors defeated the Bobcats 9-6 in Boron.
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LISTING OF DIL CHAMPS
OPPONENT THS OPP L GAME HIGHLIGHT Sep 7 Boron 09 06 A Patrick Snyder: 1 TD Run Sep 14 Rosamond 23 12 H Patrick Snyder: 3 TD's, 177 yds. rushing Sep 21 Wasco 07 20 A Steve Caminiti: 1 TD Pass Rec. Sep 28 Shafter 07 28 A Rick Rote: 1 TD Pass Rec. Oct 5 Garces 13 23 H Patrick Snyder: 2 TD's Oct 12 Kern Valley (Lake Isabella)* 07 18 A Steve Caminiti: 1 TD Pass Rec. Oct 19 Bishop* 20 18 H John Handy: 2 TD's Oct 26 Paraclete (Lancaster)* 14 18 H Steve Caminiti: 1 TD Pass Rec. Nov 2 Mojave* 34 24 A John Handy: 3 TD's, 158 yds. rushing Nov 9 Desert (Edwards AFB)* 10 07 A Patrick Snyder: 1 TD Run, 112 yds. Rushing
* Denotes League Game
CIF Southern Section Inland Conference Playoffs
OPPONENT THS OPP L GAME HIGHLIGHT Nov 16 Ontario Christian 06 14 A John Handy: 1 TD
Donald Heath and Tony Arvizu go in for the tackle against a Garces Ram
running back. The Rams defeated the Warriors on the mountain, 23-13.