Tehachapi at Wasco

November 6, 2009

Warrior linebacker Drew Howell (#59) makes a solo tackle to prevent a break away in second quarter action at Wasco.
The Warriors led 21-19 midway through the fourth quarter before the Tigers scored an opportunistic defensive touchdown for the upset.
Photo by Mike Duffy, The Tehachapi News

Wasco Forces Tie In SSL Standings
Tigers Shock Warriors, 27-21

Posted November 7, 2009 by Tom Shea, The Tehachapi News

WASCO - The upset-minded Wasco Tigers used a sharp momentum shifting play in the fourth quarter, stripping a fumble with Tehachapi in scoring position, and racing 97 yards for a touchdown to pull out a shocking 27-21 win.

With the defeat, the Warriors are now in a deadlock tie for the league championship, with Wasco, Taft and Tehachapi all sporting 7-2 (3-1 SSL) records.

Tehachapi can still win a share of the league crown this week with a victory over Arvin, who was 28-21 winners over Bakersfield Christian this past Friday night.

Mountain Football had a strong performance on offense against the Tigers from Jesse Olofson, who had is fourth 200-yard rushing game of the season with 210 yards on 26 carries, scoring twice in the first half.

Other impressive games came from Max Clark on special teams, who had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Brennen Davis, Michael Lowder and Adam Bullard, who all recorded interceptions. Drew Howell and Travis Farewell also had fumble recoveries, while Chris Rush had five completions for 63 yards and Zach Maravigli two catches for 23 yards.

Also catching passes was Olofson and Lowder, who had receptions of 23 and 17 yards, respectively.

Tehachapi will be on the road for their final regular season game of the year at Arvin. Should Tehachapi win, they can win their seventh SSL title in 18 years of existence with the league.

A win can also earn a high seed in the CIF central section playoffs, including a possible no.1 seed based on current regular season standings from Division III eligible teams.

The game will be at Arvin this Friday night, Nov.13 at 7:30 p.m. The Braves will also have a contest against Arvin on Friday, Nov.

1st2nd3rd 4thFinal
Tehachapi  7 14   0  0 21
Wasco  6 13   0  8 27

The Scoring:

First Quarter:

Teh Olofson 41 yard run (Reimer kick) 5:40
Was Salinas 4 yard run (kick blocked) 0:37

Second Quarter:

Was Cheatum 10 yard run (run no good) 7:08
Teh Clark 80 yard kickoff return (Reimer kick)6:57
Teh Olofson 41 yard run (Reimer kick) 5:25
Was Cheatum 9 yard run (Nieto Kick) 0:54

Fourth Quarter:

Was Medina 97 yard fumble return (Cheatham run) 6:29

Tehachapi vs Wasco Statistics

First Downs1020
Passing Yards6348
Total Yards297302
Penalties9-95 2-15

Individual Statistics:

RUSHING Wasco: Cheatham 32-166, Salinas 16-67, Yursik 5-10, Martinez 4-7.
Tehachapi: Olofson 26-210, Lowder 4-8, Clark 1-7

PASSING - Wasco: Yursik 5-11-3 48; Tehachapi: Rush 4-9-1 63

RECEIVING - Tehachapi: Olofson 1-23, Maravigli 2-23, Lowder 1-17.
Wasco: Medina 3-35, Salinas 2-13

Varsity Tehachapi 7-2 (3-1 SSL), Wasco 7-2 (3-1 SSL)

JV Tehachapi 31, Wasco 7
Frosh Tehachapi 17, Wasco 16