With revenge on their minds from an early season loss and a healthy dose of speed from multiple athletes, West defeated the Warriors 31-13 last week to record the central section’s upset of the week.
Tehachapi (8-3) got on the scoreboard first in the contest, taking a 75 yard drive the length of the field for a quick 7-0 first quarter lead.
The drive was capped by a Jorge Garcia four yard touchdown run, with the talented back recording 46 yards overall on the drive and Ryan Flick recording a 19 yard reception to give the Warriors the early advantage.
On the ensuing drive by West, a key 17 yard screen pass completion on third and 15 kept a Viking drive alive and the eventual tying score, 7-7 early in the second quarter. West would take the lead on their next drive on a long touchdown run off a bootleg rollout, and convert on a fourth and eight with a touchdown reception just before halftime.
The Warriors would answer the second West score with one of their own, with Garcia punching in a one yard touchdown, set up off his longest run from scrimmage on the night on a 42 yard run.
It would be the last time that Tehachapi would reach the endzone on the evening, with West scoring another touchdown early in the third quarter and register a field goal in the final period in the upset 31-13 victory.
Bobby Howell finished the evening with 64 yards on five completions, with Flick hauling in three receptions for 46 yards, Dakota Medovitch a 10 yard catch and Garcia a reception for eight yards.
Garcia finished the night with 165 yards on 21 carries, finishing his season with 1,425 yards and 19 touchdowns. Garcia’s rushing mark is the 11th most rushing yards in one season for a THS running back in 83 years of mountain football, according to thswarriors.com.
With the season concluded, the Warriors will say goodbye to senior football players Dalton Scaggs, Michael Contreras, Anthony Napolis, Rodrigo Garcia, Bobby Howell, Jeremy Duff, Bryan O’Donnell, Andrew Garber, Jose Meza, Logan Smith, Michael Llamas, Kyle Parks, Blake Panek, Ryan Flick, Chris Perez, Jorge Garcia, Barry Jones, Ian Neufeld, Austin Riddle, Kiefer Fincher and Andrew Jimenez.
Tehachapi selections to the first, second and honorable mention team in the Southeast Yosemite League will be announced in a future edition of the Tehachapi News.