After surging to a two-score lead in the first half, the Braves held off Bakersfield Christian with opportunistic defense in a 21-19 victory at home on Friday.
Tehachapi (2-1) forced four turnovers, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, which proved to be pivotal in setting up their three touchdown drives in the contest.
Trent Adams had a standout game with five catches for 62 yards, a touchdown reception, a fumble recovery and a two-point attempt tackle late in the fourth quarter to help secure the victory.
“The game was really close, but we stuck to our game plan and we were able to pull out the win,” said head coach TJ Brewer.
Jacob Tye, recently called up from the freshmen Indians, had an outstanding game at quarterback, going 8-14 passing for 97 yards and two scores, throwing a 13-yard touchdown to Zach King in the first quarter and an 11-yard yard touchdown to Matthew Finklea midway through the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Ethan Estrella, who along with Tye was called up from the Indians, led all tacklers with five.
“We were able to make our adjustments and bring in some key players from the freshmen team, which certainly helped us in this win,” added Brewer.
Finklea had two catches for 22 yards and also contributed on defense with four tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery and an interception that was returned 24 yards to set up another Braves’ score.
Fullback Joe Luna also had a solid afternoon with eight carries for 32 yards and an 11-yard touchdown run right before halftime. Tehachapi’s leading rusher in the contest was King, who had 39 yards on two attempts.
Brayden Batson, Andrew Blatt, Colin Karr, Jimmy Padgett, Tye, Luna, Finklea, King and Adams all had multiple tackles, with Batson logging in two big hits in the defensive secondary. King, Finklea and Karr all had sacks and AJ Sanchez also had an interception.
Tehachapi will be in action again on the road at Paraclete Thursday afternoon. The game will start at 4 p.m.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct that a 13-yard touchdown was thrown to Zach King in the first quarter. The incorrect name had been stated.