Exeter opened up the 2013 season by recording one of the more surprising results of Central Section football games played last week, taking down heavily favored Tehachapi at Coy Burnett Field last Friday night, 17-7.
The Monarchs spoiled the Warriors home debut with a quick 10-0 lead in the first quarter, spearheaded with a goal line touchdown run by marquee back Austin Cardoza for the two score lead.
Cardoza led all rushers in the contest with 159 yards rushing by game's end.
Mountain Football could not get their footing throughout a majority of the game, ending their first offensive possession with a three-and-out and punting on five straight series, giving the Monarchs a 17-0 lead through three quarters.
Trying to push for a late comeback attempt, the Warriors did record a touchdown drive in the second half, registering five first downs on a 70-yard drive capped with a one yard Skylar Valencia touchdown run. Valencia would go on to be the leading rusher for the Warriors, logging in 89 yards on 16 carries.
The score seemed to be the spark that Tehachapi needed, playing inspired defense on Exeter's ensuing possession. David Carter recovered a fumble at the Exeter 25-yard line, but the Warriors could not cash in the momentum shift into points. The Monarchs eventually ran out the fourth quarter clock to secure the victory.
Chris Rhodes also helped pace the Tehachapi ground game with 47 yards on eight carries and Christian Terle had 36 yards on 13 carries. Victor Rodriguez connected on the Warriors PAT and had a touchback in the second half opening kickoff. Dakota Medovitch punted five times, averaging 33.2 yards per punt.
This year's contest against Exeter ends a four-year football commitment between THS and EHS. In three previous meetings, the Warriors defeated the Monarchs 38-25 (2010), 54-21 (2011) and 55-35 (2012).
Tehachapi will look to bounce back this week with another home game against Burroughs-Ridgecrest, who lost their home opener to Palmdale last week, 42-7.
The game will be this Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
The Braves opened up the season with a tightly contested win over Exeter, winning a 9-6 decision at Coy Burnett Field last Friday.
Tehachapi opened up the game with a safety when Exeter's long snapper sailed the ball over the punter's head and through the endzone.
Taydin Macon scored the Braves only touchdown run to end the first quarter, capping a 76 yard drive that registered four first downs. Carson Bethany scored the PAT for the 9-0 Braves lead.
Other offensive standouts included Keyron Scott, Troy Noda and Noah Whitlach combining for 76 yards rushing.
Mountain Football's defense held Exeter throughout the majority of the contest, relinquishing only a fourth quarter touchdown to account for the game's only other score.
Standouts on defense included Jacob Gonzales and Gabe Dodge each with nine tackles and Tanner Herman and Colten Eaton with eight tackles each.
Cade Temple, Caleb Huebner, Daniel Wight, Eaton and Dodge also each recorded quarterback sacks, while Bethany had two pass deflections and Huebner an interception.
In last week's scrimmage, Eaton also had a touchdown run for the Braves in an impressive outing against South-Bakersfield.
The Braves will be in action again on Friday afternoon against Burroughs starting at 5 p.m.
The Indians opened their season on the road at Centennial-Bakersfield, losing a 34-0 decision to the Golden Hawks.
Marty McIrvin led the team in rushing with 42 yards on 11 carries, while Tyler Metzler had 27 yards rushing and two receptions to Cale Stephens and Cameron Walsh for 12 and 11 yards, respectively.
Eddie Graham also had a 46 yard reception from Paul Stephens-Green.
On defense, Bobby Gallegos led the team with four tackles followed closely by Gary Gomes with three tackles and Kyle Winn and Jacob Snyder each with fumble recoveries.
In other defensive highlights, Walsh had two tackles and caused a fumble and McIrvin and Anthony Martinez each had a pair of takedowns.
The Indians will face off with Burroughs this Thursday afternoon at home. The game will start at 5 p.m.