Spearheaded by an impressive defensive performance last Thursday afternoon, the Indians were able to record a shutout 6-0 victory over Kennedy-Delano for their first victory of the season.

Tehachapi (1-2) needed only one offensive touchdown against the Thunderbirds, which came on their opening drive, to record the win.

Max Meza completed a 48-yard pass to Isaiah Gilenfeldt on the first offensive play from scrimmage, setting up a 15-yard touchdown pass to Brody Manness on a fourth down play to cap the drive and a 6-0 first quarter lead.

The early score would be all the Indians needed, thanks to the defense shutting the door on Kennedy the rest of the contest.

“The defense played well, the whole linebacking corps really stepped up,” said head coach Mike Ledesma. “They were on lockdown all afternoon.”

Gilenfeldt led all tacklers with nine, followed by Luke DeBruyne with seven tackles, William Richie, Carter Borne and Sean Wolf with six tackles, and Sean Lee, Caleb Fassbender and Brady Linsdey with five tackles apiece. Terrence Perry also had two tackles and a fumble recovery and Brian Morse and Tyler O’Brien had two tackles each.

On offense, Meza had three completions for 64 yards and a touchdown and Gilenfeldt had seven carries for 48 yards and two receptions for 49 yards. Other ball carriers included Jonathan Lara, Kaidyn Renfrow and Fassbender, who all combined for 26 yards on seven attempts.

“We will have to work on our offense more, but overall we are happy with the win. This is something we can build on,” added Ledesma.

The Indians will be at Arvin this Thursday afternoon for a 5 p.m. kickoff.