Sunnyside (Fresno) at Tehachapi

November 10, 2022

Warrior running back Mike Jones #33 rushes for yardage Friday night in Tehachapi against
Sunnyside High of Fresno. Sunnyside won the second-round playoff game, 33-21, and will advance to
the semifinals. The Warriors finish the season with a 10-2 record.   (Photo by Vicki Shea, The Tehachapi News.)

Mountain Football Season Ends In The Quarterfinals

Posted by The Tehachapi News on November 14, 2022.

The Warrior football season came to an abrupt halt last Thursday night in the CIF Central Section Division III quarterfinals
in a 33-21 defeat to Fresno-Sunnyside.

Tehachapi (10-2) hosted the playoffs as the No. 3 seed against the No. 11 seed Wildcats, facing off against a very talented quarterback
in Tanner Wilson. The sophomore gunslinger came into the game with the central section record in regular
season passing yards and added to his season total with 310 yards through the air along with five total touchdowns.
His favorite target was fellow-sophomores CJ Jones, who had 13 receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown,
and Malachi Barnes, who had five receptions for 93 yards and two touchdown receptions.

Despite having to face off against a tough offensive opponent, the Warriors had a handful of defensive highlights in the game, led by Nick Smith,
who recorded 15 solo tackles, eight assists, six hurries and four sacks. Other standouts included
Mike Jones (16 tackles), Martin Rodriguez (13 tackles, two sacks), Christian Morse (11 tackles, four hurries, two sacks), Adrian Pina (11 tackles),
Wyatt Richie (nine tackles), Andrew Aguirre (nine tackles, two fumbles caused), Kaleb Songer (seven tackles),
Tanner Gary (seven tackles), Karson Tiewater (five tackles, fumble caused), Mason Rothermel (five tackles,
fumble caused) Jacob Root (four tackles, pass deflection), Raul Navarro (three tackles, sack) and AJ Anderson
(two tackles, two sacks, fumble recovery).

Offensively, Anderson helped the Warriors to an early lead with a pair of receptions that went touchdowns, 64 and 68 yards, respectively.
Anderson finished with four receptions for 148 yards and the two scores. Tiewater provided the spark
in the ground game with 82 yards rushing and a third quarter touchdown run, while Mike Jones
had 40 yards rushing. In the passing game, Root finished with six receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns.

With the season concluded, the Warriors can now reflect on an outstanding year that brought a South Yosemite Mountain League championship
and saluting the contributions of their senior class. Playing in their final season for Mountain Football
were Ryan Wilson, Nick Smith, Wyatt Richie, Christian Morse, Magnus Daugaard, Ryan Walker, Peniel Whiteside,
Martin Rodriguez, Kamron Westerby, Matthew Cardenas, Jason Garcia and Andre Stephens.

Coaching the Warriors this season were Kris Krempien, Chris Jones, Jason Hail, Mike Ledesma and Ryan Grimes.

1st2nd3rd 4thFinal
Sunnyside  6 15   6  6 33
Tehachapi  7  7   7  0 21

Sunnyside vs Tehachapi Statistics

First Downs     
Rushes-Yards  24-169  32-126
Passing Yards   310   159
Comp-Att-Int  22-30-0  6-14-2
Total Yards  479   285
Punts    3-36.0

Individual Statistics:

RUSHING Sunnyside High: Dickson 8-69, Jones 8-39, Pacheco 5-31, Wilson 3-30.
Tehachapi: Anderson 9-20, Tiewater 8-82, Jones 8-40, Root 7-(-16),.

PASSING Sunnyside High: T. Wilson 22-30-0-310. Tehachapi: Root 6-14-2-159.

RECEIVING Sunnyside High: Burton 3-28, Dickson 1-18, Barnes 5-93, Jones 13-171.
Tehachapi: Jones 1-9. Tiewater 1-2, AJ Anderson 4-148