Weekly Highlights

Tuesday, Sep 24 2013 06:00 AM

Offense explodes to big win Mountain Football rolls over Arvin, 51-7

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Dakota Medovitch (#81) intercepted this pass in the first quarter and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown to help the Warriors take the lead over Arvin. Also in the picture is Warrior linebacker Thomas Blewett (#40). Tehachapi ended the night with a convincing 51-7 victory over the Bears. Photo by Michael Duffy.

The Warrior ground game punished the Arvin defense with 387 rushing yards, led by Skylar Valencia’s 139 yards rushing and two third quarter touchdowns. Valencia has 464 yards rushing in four games this season.

After spotting the Bears a touchdown on the opening kickoff, the Warriors dominated the rest of the way in a convincing 51-7 drubbing over Arvin last Friday night.

Tehachapi rushed for 387 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground to register their most impressive offensive output so far on the season.

Skylar Valencia finished the night as the top rusher for Mountain Football in limited time, rushing for 139 yards on just 11 carries, scoring twice in the third quarter. Christian Terle provided most of the first half runs, rumbling for 68 yards through the middle of the Bears defensive line.

After starting the game down 7-0, Tehachapi (2-2) wasted little time getting on the scoreboard when Tyler Kroeger took an end-around 24 yards for a touchdown. Kroeger also had the longest run from scrimmage on the night for Tehachapi on a 62-yard run in the second half to finish with 86 rushing yards overall.

Caleab Hutto also had a five-yard rushing touchdown at the beginning of the second quarter and Anthony Curiel had 68 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the second half. The Warriors also had an 11-yard pass completion from Chris Llamas to Logan Soto.

On defense, Dakota Medovitch snagged an interception from his safety position and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown. David Carter also had a safety on special teams when he blocked a punt in the end zone just before halftime.

In the kicking game, Victor Rodriguez reached a milestone in the Warrior record books by going a perfect 7-7, on point after attempts. Rodriguez is only the ninth Warrior in school history to accomplish the feat and now is tied for second all-time for PATs in one game.

The Warriors recorded their seventh straight victory over Arvin, averaging 39 points per game in a winning streak that started back in 2007.

Mountain Football will have a bye this week to prepare for West-Bakersfield next Friday night. The game against the Vikings on Oct.4, will be a homecoming game, with a start time set for 7:30 p.m.

Freshmen

Tehachapi scored their first points of the season last Thursday afternoon in a 35-14 loss to Arvin.

Paul Stephens-Green passed for 144 yards on three completions -- two going for touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.

The first touchdown went to Eddie Graham on a 88-yard catch and score with six minutes remaining in the game. The second touchdown came two minutes later when Phillipe Vachon hauled in a 53-yard touchdown reception. Graham connected on both PATs.

Defensive leaders included Tyler Metzler with 18 tackles, Marty McIrvin with 12 tackles, and Brycen Jacobson, Gary Gomes and Colby Batson each with seven tackles.

Dawson Cass finished with six tackles, Nathaniel Gonzalez had five tackles and Logan Snider, Kyle Winn, Josiah Lundquist and Bobby Gallegos had four tackles apiece.

Lundquist also had a fumble recovery and Anthony Martinez had three tackles.

The Indians will have a bye this week and return to action again next Thursday at home against West.

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