The 1988 Warriors include, bottom row, left to right, Hickey, Murguia, Patterson, Manual, Kimsey, Howell, Breen, Gallion,
second row, Terle, Raderstorf, Trimm, Hogue, Sottile, Heath, Kelly, Mezey, Ogilvie, Graff,
third row, Lumpkins, Podrazi, coaches Crumpacker, Dodson, Denman, Schkade and Ruggles, Desmet, Scogin,
fourth row, Lunz, Tucker, Matthews, Dees, Elias, Goodwin, Riley, Caudle,
fifth row, Wiggs, Coffman, deMontmorency, Scott, Biggs, Christenson, Slayton, Anderson,
sixth row, Anderson, Hogue, Williams, Davis, Ruggles, Johnson, Roemer, and Crowell.
The 1988 Warriors won a CIF Co-Championship with Carpinteria, finishing the season with an impressive overall record of 11-2-1; 3-2 in league play (2nd place); and 3-0-1 in the playoffs.
Tehachapi Captures Div. IX CIF Co-Championship in 1988
Warriors 14 Carpinteria 14 in CIF Finals
In Week 1, the Warriors opened up their pre-league schedule be defeating Morro Bay on the coast, 14-3. Tehachapi racked up 248 yards rushing, with Ty Trimm running for 119 yards and 1 TD. Anthony Kelly scored the other TD on a short 4 yard run.
In Week 2, the Warriors delighted the hometown crowd with a 21-0 blanking of Serrano (Phelan). The Warrior defense forced 4 Serrano turnovers and limited the visitors to just 69 net yards. QB Lance Christensen connected on a 9 yard pass with Dante Patterson for a 1st quarter TD. Anthony Kelly added two more TD's on runs of 1 and 9 yards, and Trimm rushed for 64 yards on 14 carries. John Sotile was a perfect 3-for-3 in PAT kicks.
The Warriors improved to 2-1 in Week 3 with a narrow 14-7 victory over Wasco from the much bigger South Sequoia League (SSL). Kelly led the Warriors 139 yard rushing attack with TD runs of 6 and 1 yards. Lavial Johnson preserved the Warrior victory with an interception at the Wasco 10 yard line with less than a minute to play.
For the second straight week, Tehachapi defeated another highly touted SSL foe, Shafter, 21-0. The strong Warrior defense recovered three fumbles, had one interception, and limited Shafter to just 132 net yards enroute to the shutout. QB Christensen went to the air completing 12 of 15 passes for 173 yards to lead the Warriors, including TD passes of 13 yards to Patterson and 10 yards to Jason Caudle. Sottile again was a perfect 3-for-3 with the PAT's.
In their final tune up before league play, the Warriors defeated their third straight SSL opponent, Garces, by a narrow 7-6 margin. Kelly scored the lone Warrior TD in the 2nd quarter on a 2 yard run (PAT kick by Sottile), capping off a 62 yard drive. Christensen had another fine passing game, completing 10 of 15 passes for 189 yards. Johnson caught 5 passes for 92 yards and Patterson hauled in 4 passes for 92 yards. Garces scored their TD with 2:05 in the game, and elected to go for the two-point PAT for the win. The conversion attempt failed, and the Warriors completed their pre-league schedule with a perfect 5-0 record.
Tehachapi began DIL play with an easy 35-0 win over Mojave, improving to 6-0 on the season. Anthony Kelly has 2 TD runs, as the Warriors rushed for a total of 163 yards. The scoring parade also included a 22 yard FG by Sottile; an 85 yard punt return for a TD by Patterson (Sottile PAT); a 6 yard TD run by Lowe Elias; and a 1 yard TD plunge by John Hickey.
The Warriors lost their first game of the season in Week 7 as Desert beat Tehachapi 19-7 in front of a large hometown crowd at Edwards Air Force Base. Trailing 12-0 at the time, Kelly scored on a short TD run (Sottile PAT kick) to make the score 12 to 7, but the Warriors could not rally to avoid the first loss of 1988.
In Week 8 at Kern Valley, the Warriors led 12-7 late in the 4th quarter. However, KV blocked a Warrior punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for a TD to earn a stunning 13-12 win over the Warriors. Trimm led the Warriors with 163 yards rushing on 32 carries, scoring one TD. Todd Crowell added the other Warrior TD on a 3 yard run play. Tehachapi fell to 1-2 in league play; 6-2 for the season.
An inspired Warrior team returned to their winning ways with a 14-0 win over the Bishop Broncos on the mountain. Tehachapi totaled 282 yards of total offense, led by Trimm's 100 yards in 14 carries. Unfortunately, Trimm was lost for the season due to an injury.
In the league finale, Tehachapi scalped Paraclete of Lancaster, 48-0. Kelly scored 4 1st half TD's, and finished the game with 156 yards in 14 carries. Johnson also returned a punt 67 yards for a TD; Ottis Goodwin returned an interception 6 yards for a TD; and Caudle returned an another interception 15 yards for a TD. Sottile was a perfect 5-for-5 in PAT kicks.
Desert and Kern Valley shared a DIL co-championship in 1988, finishing with a 4-1 league record. Tehachapi, at 3-2 in league play, 8-2 overall, was not sure if they would earn a CIF playoff berth.
Good word came from the CIF offices, that Tehachapi did earn a playoff spot, and would have to travel to Boron in the opening round of the playoffs. Upstart Anthony Kelly rushed for 198 yards and 4 TD's, as the Warriors walloped Boron 55-20. QB Christensen also completed 8 of 12 passes for 179 yards, including TD passes of 18 yards to Chris Scroggins and 26 yards to Dante Patterson.
In Round II, the Warriors played host to a very talented Valley Christian team of Cerritos. The Warriors jumped out to a 12-0 halftime lead, and held on to win 12-8 in a defensive battle. The Warriors offense managed to net just 95 yards in the contest. Lowe Elias scored the first Warrior TD on a 15 yard interception return after a VC fake punt. Kelly scored the other TD on a 19 yard run play.
In the CIF semi-finals, the Warriors played host to DIL co-champ Kern Valley. The Broncos defeated Tehachapi, 13-12, during the regular season. It would be sweet revenge for the Warriors, as they defeated the Broncs, 17-10, to advance to the CIF championship game. The Warriors scored three times which included a QB Christensen-to-Caudle 14 yard pass play (Sottile PAT kick); a Sottile 28 yard FG; and a Crowell 1 yard run (Sottile PAT kick).
On a beautiful December evening, the Warriors played the Carpinteria Warriors for the Division IX championship in Santa Barbara. At La Playa Stadium, before an overflow crowd of 8,000 fans, the Warriors fell behind early in the contest and trailed the red-and-white clad coastal Warriors 14-0.
The Warriors rallied for two 4th quarter TD's to tie the game. With just 3:44 left, Tehachapi's Dante Patterson intercepted a Coley Candaele pass and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown. Tehachapi scored again with just 50 seconds remaining on a 10-yard pass from QB Christensen-to-Caudle. The final TD was set up by linebacker Dayson Mezey who blocked a Carpinteria punt on the 30 yard line.
Knowing CIF rules at the time did not allow provisions for overtime play, and trailing 14-13, head coach Steve Denman had to decide if he wanted to go for the win or the tie. In a decision that would be questioned for many years to come, Denman elected to go for the tie, and the PAT kick by John Sottile was good, and the game ended in a 14-14 tie. The Warriors of Tehachapi and Carpinteria (11-2-1) would both be crowned CIF champions for 1988.
The tie gave Tehachapi some level of satisfaction after being blown out by Carpinteria in the CIF finals in 1987 in Tehachapi, 27-0.
Kelly led the Warriors in 1988 by scoring 18 TD's; Patterson scored 4 TD's; Caudle scored 3 TD's; and Sottile booted 26 PAT's and 2 field goals.
All-league first team DIL selections for the Warriors include Troy DeMontmorency (lineman), Chuck Slayton (lineman), Craig Riley (center), Jake Hogue (linebacker), Dayson Mezey (lineman), George Heath (defensive back), and Rich Ruggles (defensive end). All-CIF selections include def. tackle Dayson Mezey, linebacker Todd Crowell, and Jake Hogue. Hogue was also an ALL-CIF selection in 1987.
The junior varsity Braves also had a tremendous season going 10-0. The Braves were led by sophomore running back Eric Young (1,027 yards rushing).
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LISTING OF DIL CHAMPS
OPPONENT THS OPP L GAME HIGHLIGHT Sep 9 Morro Bay 14 03 A Ty Trimm: 1 TD, 119 yds. rushing Sep 16 Serrano (Phelan) 21 00 H Anthony Kelly: 2 TD's Sep 23 Wasco 14 07 H Anthony Kelly: 2 TD's Sep 30 Shafter 21 00 A Ty Trimm: 1 TD, 94 yds. rushing Oct 7 Garces (Bakersfield) 07 06 H Anthony Kelly: 1 TD Run Oct 14 Mojave* 35 00 A Dante Patterson: 1 TD, 85 yd. punt return Oct 21 Desert (Edwards AFB)* 07 19 A Anthony Kelly: 1 TD Run Oct 28 Kern Valley (Lake Isabella)* 12 13 A Tod Crowell: 1 TD Run Nov 4 Bishop* 14 00 H Lance Christensen: 1 TD Run Nov 11 Paraclete (Lancaster)* 48 00 H Anthony Kelly: 4 TD's, 156 yds. rushing
* Denotes League Game
CIF Southern Section Division IX Playoffs
OPPONENT THS OPP L GAME HIGHLIGHT Nov 18 Boron 55 20 A Anthony Kelly: 4 TD's, 198 yds. rushing Nov 25 Valley Christian (Cerritos) 12 08 H Lowe Elias: 1 TD, 15 yd. int. return Dec 2 Kern Valley (Lake Isabella) 17 10 H John Sottile: 28 yd. FG Dec 10 Carpinteria 14 14 A Dante Patterson: 1 TD, 40 yd. int. return