West Bakersfield at Tehachapi

October 4, 2013

Warrior running back Christian Terle #32 dives for extra yardage against a West Bakersfield defender. Terle ran for 116 yards, scoring one touchdown,
as the Warriors delighted the homecoming crowd in a 48-6 demolition of the Vikings. Tehachapi travels to East Bakersfield this Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Henry Barrios, The Bakersfield Californian.

Homecoming Demolition
Warriors Easily Take Care Of West, 48-6

Posted on October 6, 2013 by Tom Shea, The Tehachapi News

If the Warriors had a bitter taste in their mouth from an early playoff exit to West last season, the tables were turned back with authority last Friday night in a 48-6 drubbing over the Vikings.

Tehachapi (3-2), just coming off a bye week, seemingly picked up right where they left off from a 51-7 win over Arvin two weeks ago with nearly identical results against West. Showing no signs of rust, the Warriors orchestrated an efficient offense coupled with a suffocating defense from start to finish.

Mountain Football plowed their way to 406 yards on the ground, led by Skylar Valencia’s 127 yards on 18 carries and Christian Terle’s 116 yards on 22 carries in three quarters of work.

Valencia finished with two touchdowns of 30 and 19 yards, while Terle provided the final touchdown of the third quarter by barreling three yards through the middle of the line of scrimmage for a goal line score.

David Carter also had a strong offensive impact with two rushing touchdowns in the redzone, while Tyler Kroeger and Anthony Curiel both had 39 yards rushing apiece.

Kroeger also had an 11-yard reception and Dakota Medovitch a 12-yard reception from quarterback Chris Llamas. Medovitch also alertly picked up two offensive fumbles in the first half, with the second fumble registering a four yard touchdown.

On defense, Ty Curry, Micah Fjeld, Bobby Sharp, Thomas Blewett, Ethan Averett, Nathan Evans, Sean Casey, Steven Cross, Angel Garcia, Justin Handy, Willy Urciel and Carter had multiple tackles on the evening, with Sharp, Evans, Blewett and Nick Steele securing fumble recoveries.

Caleab Hutto had a 23-yard run on a kickoff return and scored the final touchdown of the night on a 10-yard run with just under three minutes remaining in the game. Victor Rodriguez also connected on six-of-seven PATs.

Overall, Mountain Football scored on seven of their nine possessions and recorded 19 first downs. West did not reach 100 yards of total offense until the second half, finishing with only 149 yards at game’s end.

The Warriors will play again this Saturday at East-Bakersfield to open up the Southeast Yosemite League season. The game will start at 3 p.m.

Warrior Dakota Medovitch #81 hauls in a pass for a long gain against West Bakersfield Friday night.
Tehachapi soundly defeated the Vikings, 48-6, to finish out the pre-league schedule with a 3-2 record.
The Warriors travel to East Bakersfield Saturday afternoon for their league opener.
Photo by Henry Barrios, The Bakersfield Californian.

Valencia and Terle Power Warriors Past West, 48-6

Posted on October 5, 2013 by Stephan Lynch, The Bakersfield Californian

TEHACHAPI -- A tough, aggressive defense combined with a methodical grind-it-out running game. It was Tehachapi football played to perfection.

The Warriors turned in a dominating performance on both sides of the ball in thumping West 48-6 at Coy Burnett Field on Friday night.

Skylar Valencia rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns and Christian Terle had 116 yards and one touchdown on the ground for Tehachapi, which out-gained West 429-149.

"It was just punch-mouth football," Terle said. "We got to just push the ball down the field. We worked really hard on our line. We kept getting after them, making sure they had their job done. Just playing "Mountain Football."

Leading 7-0 after Valencia scored early in the game on a 30-yard counter play, Tehachapi started to take control late in the first half.

Moments after David Carter capped off an 11-play, 79-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run up the middle, the Warriors got the ball back because of a West fumble and quickly scored again.

On a second-and-8 play from the Vikings' 12-yard line, Chris Rhodes took the handoff from Tehachapi quarterback Chris Llamas and sprinted around the left end. But at the 4-yard line he dropped the ball. Luckily for Tehachapi, Dakota Medovitch was right there and picked up the ball on the bounce and took it into the end zone.

West lost the ball three times due to fumbles. Tehachapi didn't commit any turnovers.

"Like we told our kids, the team that makes the fewest mistakes will win the games," Tehachapi coach Steve Denman said. "Our kids played tough on both sides of the ball. We were able to get a few turnovers on them and get up on them."

The Warriors were up 34-0 before West scored its only points of the game, when Enrique Salazar connected with Fred Wilson for a 20-yard touchdown pass.

It took the Vikings until late in the third quarter to break 100 yards on net offense.

"We knew that they had a good running back," Carter, a starting linebacker for Tehachapi, said. "We knew we had to wrap up and tackle. And we basically went out there and got the job done."

Carter, whose dad Dave Carter played linebacker alongside Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio at USC, finished with two rushing touchdowns on three carries.

Despite its struggles on offense, West was only down by a touchdown with 2:17 left in the first half.

"I thought in the first half we didn't necessarily play bad," West coach Mark Camps said. "We has some chances. The ball was on the ground a little bit by them and us. And the ball kind of bounced their way. ... You've got to credit them. They're a good team. They're very physical and executed well. And we didn't execute."

Tehachapi led 21-0 at halftime on the strength of a running game that gained 208 yards and scored three touchdowns.

The Warriors' defense played extremely well in the first half, limiting West to just 98 net yards.

Tehachapi sacked Salazar twice and the Vikings fumbled the ball away two times during the first two quarters.

The Warriors scored 14 points off West's two first-half turnovers.

1st2nd3rd 4thFinal
West  0  0   6  0 06
Tehachapi  7 14  13 14 48

The Scoring:

First Quarter:

Teh - Valencia 30 yard run (Rodriguez kick) 5:12

Second Quarter:

Teh - Carter 2 yard run (Rodriguez kick) 2:17
Teh - Medovitch 4 yard run (Rodriguez kick) 0:49

Third Quarter:

Teh - Valencia 19 yard run (Rodriguez kick) 7:41
Teh - Terle 3 yard run (Kick failed) 4:41
West - Salazar 20 yard pass to Wilson (Kick failed) 4:02

Fourth Quarter:

Teh - Carter 6 yard run (Rodriguez kick) 11:51
Teh - C. Hutto 10 yard run (Rodriguez kick) 2:45

West vs Tehachapi Stats

First Downs819
Rushes-Yards26-81 60-406
Passing Yards68 23
Comp-Att-Int6-12-0 2-3-0
Total Yards149 429
Punts2-33.6 1-32.0
Fumbles-Lost6-4 3-1
Penalties6-50 4-41

Individual Statistics:


Tehachapi: Valencia 18-127, Terle 22-116, Kroeger 3-39, Curiel 2-39, Llamas 1-24, Carter 3-22, C. Hutto 5-20, Rhodes 1-8, Urciel 2-4, Medovitch 2-4, Reynolds 1-3;
West: Dubard 9-45, Salazar 5-23, Pesina 3-10, J. Boyd 1-8, F. Wilson 2-3, Stephens 2-7, Bleakley 1-6, Spoon 2-0, Team 1-(-21)


Tehachapi: Llamas 2-6-0 23; West: Salazar 6-12-0 68


Tehachapi: Medovitch 1-12, Kroeger 1-11; West: F. Wilson 3-48, Hinojosa 2-12, Boyd 1-8

Varsity – Tehachapi (3-2), West (2-3)

Junior Varsity - Tehachapi 27   West 20
Frosh-Soph Game - Tehachapi 06   West 27