West Bakersfield at Tehachapi

November 7, 2014

Warrior quarterback Lars Olofson #7 hands off to running back Willy Urciel #32 in last Friday’s home finale against West High of Bakersfield.
Olofson scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter to help Tehachapi record a 28-14 victory over West.   Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News.

Warriors Defeat West In League Finale
THS Ends Regular Season With Victory Over Vikes

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Tom Shea, The Tehachapi News

The Warriors ended the regular season on a high note last Friday night, jumping out to an early lead and holding on for a 28-14 win over West at Coy Burnett Field.

With the victory, the Warriors went undefeated at home this year, going a perfect 6-0. Tehachapi has won 11 straight home games dating back to 2013, according to thswarriors.com.

Nick Steele got Tehachapi (6-4; 3-2 SYL) off to a fast start with a pair of touchdown runs of 44 and 37 yards, respectively in the first quarter. Steele also added another seven yard touchdown run in the beginning of the second quarter to give the Warriors a 21-0 advantage.

Steele finished the night as the Warriors leading rusher with 103 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Willy Urciel also had 59 yards rushing and Chris Rhodes had 56 yards rushing in the game.

The Vikings would not go away quietly after the early Warrior lead, scoring 14 unanswered points to get within a touchdown midway through the third quarter.

However, the comeback attempt was thwarted when Abraham Katona recovered a fumble on West's next possession. The THS defense also rose to the occasion, forcing four-straight turnover on downs to close out the game. Daniel Wight also had two fumble recoveries in other defensive highlights.

Lars Olofson put the finishing touches on the win with just over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, scoring an 11-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper.

Katona converted on all four PATs in the game, while also leading the special teams with five touchbacks on kickoffs and a 37-yard punt average on five punts. Jake Walters also recorded 61 yards on kickoff and punt returns, combined.

Tehachapi will enter the CIF Central Section Division II playoffs this week as the No. 10 seed. A first round game is scheduled at No. 7 Redwood-Visalia this Friday night. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.

Warrior defender Ethan Averett applies pressure on the West Bakersfield quarterback in the second half. The Warriors defeated West, 28-14,
to finish the regular season at 6-4; 3-2 in South Yosemite League play.   Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News.

Warriors Defeat West, 28-14
Steele Scores 3 TD's

Posted on November 7, 2014, by Tom Shea, The Bakersfield Californian

TEHACHAPI – The Warriors opened up with three unanswered touchdowns in the first half and held on for a 28-14 victory over West on the mountain.

--Nick Steele scored on runs of 44 and 37 yards, respectively on the first two opening drives for Tehachapi (6-4; 3-2 SYL).

--Steele would score his third touchdown on a 7-yard jaunt in the beginning of the second quarter to give the Warriors a sizable 21-0 lead. Steele finished the night as the leading rusher for Tehachapi with 103 yards. Willy Urciel and Chris Rhodes also combined for 115 yards on the ground.

--West (2-8; 1-4) found their footing after Tehachapi’s third score, marching downfield on a 54-yard drive and capping it with a Caleb Stephens 1-yard touchdown run. Stephens ended the game with 55 yards rushing.

--The Vikings scored again midway through the third quarter when Kyzelle Franklin-Carr found the endzone on a 13-yard sweep.

--The Warriors would eventually put the game away for good in the fourth quarter with a Lars Olofson 11-yard quarterback keeper touchdown run.

--Bennett Spoon led the Vikings through the air with nine completions for 107 yards, with his favorite target being Josh Boyd, who had three catches for 44 yards. Jailyn Fisher also had a 25 yard catch and Robert Haywood hauled in two completions for 21 yards.

1st2nd3rd 4thFinal
West  0  7   7  0 14
Tehachapi 14  7   0  7 28

The Scoring:

First Quarter:

T—Steele 44 run (Katona kick)
T—Steele 37 run (Katona kick)

Second Quarter:

T—Steele 7 run (Katona kick)
W—Stephens 1 run (Cruz kick)

Third Quarter:

W—Franklin-Carr 13 run (Cruz kick)

Fourth Quarter:

T—Olofson 11 run (Katona kick)

Tehachapi vs West Bakersfield Stats

First Downs6 11
Passing Yards0 107
Total Yards227245
Punts1-37.0 4-35.3

Individual Statistics:

RUSHING — Tehachapi: Steele 11-103, Urciel 13-59, Rhodes 19-56, Olofson 3-9.
West: Stephens 13-55, Spoon 5-33, Franklin-Carr 2-20, Fisher 1-14, Smith 5-10, Boyd 2-6, Jones 1-5, Anderson 4-4, Kennedy 1-(-3), TEAM 1-(-6), Maloney 1-(-14).

PASSING — Tehachapi: Olofson 0-1-1-0. West: Spoon 9-21-0-107

RECEIVING — Tehachapi: None. West: Boyd 3-44, Fisher 1-25, Haywood 2-21, Gonzalez 1-7, Maloney 1-5, Franklin-Carr 1-5.

Varsity – Tehachapi (6-4; 3-2 SYL), West (2-8; 1-4 SYL)

Junior Varsity - Tehachapi 24   West 07
Frosh-Soph Game - Tehachapi 07   West 19