The Warriors got their season off to a great start last Friday night at Coy Burnett Field, dedicating the 42-12 win over Foothill to their No. 1 fan, Terry Edwards.
Mountain Football put the game away early with a pair of clock eating drives on their first two possessions, both capped by Willy Urciel goal line scores. Urciel finished the night with four touchdowns and 52 yards rushing.
Keyron Scott was Tehach-api's leading rusher on the evening with 77 yards on eight carries, including a 28-yard second quarter touchdown. Jerry Castaneda helped ice the game in the third quarter with the Warriors longest play from scrimmage, a 47-yard touchdown run.
Connor O'Neal and Jacob Gonzales also caught passes from quarterback Chris Llamas, while Thomas Blewett, Angel Garcia and Colten Eaton had fumble recoveries.
On special teams, Abraham Katona went a perfect 6-for-6 on point after attempts and had four kickoff touchbacks.
Braves and Indians defeat Foothill
The Braves defeated Foothill 47-0 and the Indians recorded a 19-7 victory over the Trojans in the underclassmen games.
Taydin Macon led the Braves ground game with 114 yards on 11 attempts and three touchdowns, while Marty McIrvin had 77 yards on eight carries. Philippe Vachon also had a 33-yard touchdown run and Josiah Lundquist had a three-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Other scoring highlights included Carson Bethany recording a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Paul Stephens throwing a four-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Metzler.
On defense, Israel Guerrero dominated the line with five tackles, a sack and a punt block and Sean Schulgen had four tackles. Luke Soto, Joseph Counihan and Cameron Walsh had fumble recoveries and Connor Timm, Jackson Caudle and Brycen Jacobson had interceptions.
The Indians were led by Nathan Deaville, who had 139 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown run. Anthony Esparza also had 64 yards on eight carries and a touchdown. Nicholas Blewett had 35 yards rushing and the game's first score in the second quarter, along with a team leading seven tackles and a fumble recovery. Matthew Esparza also had a strong defensive night with four tackles and a sack, while Joshua Smith recorded two sacks in the second half.
Up next for the Warriors is a road trip this weekend against Burroughs-Ridgecrest. The Jayvee Braves will kick off this Thursday at 3:30 p.m., while the Freshmen Indians (3:30 p.m.) and Warriors (7 p.m.) will play this Friday.
This one was for you, Terry!
While it was a great start to the season for the Warriors, the beginning of the contest had a somber mood in the stands when its greatest fan, a fixture of tradition, was not present to man his post in the concrete bleachers of Coy Burnett Field.
Terry Edwards, who attended 413 straight football games since the 1980 season, had his streak end this past Friday night. Edwards health prevented him from keeping his perfect attendance alive, having been recently diagnosed with cancer.
Edwards amazing run of consecutive football games span all the way back to Halloween night, 1980, when the Warriors defeated Bishop 28-8 at home.
While the Bishop contest was the start of the streak, Edwards attended games even further back when contests were played on Saturday afternoons, without lights, on the old Imhof Field. Edwards was present in the early 40s when he was just 10-11 years old and the players included Dick Johnson (for whom the press box at Coy Burnett Stadium is named), George Koutroulis, Fred Muro and Jessie Peters.
"I missed a few games in the early years working at my job at the cement plant, but I still came to games off and on before the streak started," said Edwards in 2004, when his perfect run reached the 300th game milestone.
After watching his son play against the Bishop junior varsity squad in '80, Edwards stuck around for the varsity contest and did not miss a game through 2013.
To commemorate the streak coming to an end, the Warriors will give Edwards the Foothill game ball, complete with all of the 2014 team member signatures, and an official game jersey.