The Warriors played host to one of the Central Section’s top Division I schools Friday, Sept. 7 in Liberty, and in the end, Tehachapi’s guests spoiled the home opener to post a 45-7 win.
Liberty (2-1) used a balanced attack that recorded 248 rushing yards and 172 passing yards in the runaway victory, scoring on seven of their nine drives of the game.
With the Patriots leading 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Warriors capped off their lone touchdown drive of the evening with a Jorge Garcia 5-yard touchdown run, set up off a long sweep by Skylar Valencia, who bolted down the sideline for a 41 yard gain.
Garcia led Tehachapi with 87 yards on 21 carries and Valencia had 50 yards on four attempts.
On special teams, Dalton Scaggs connected on Tehachapi’s PAT, while Dakota Medovitch had a busy night with six punts for an average of 34 yards per boot.
On defense, Michael Contreras, Ty Curry and Blake Panek all recorded sacks, with Panek’s sack also causing a fumble for a David Carter recovery to thwart a second quarter Patriot drive.
Liberty came into the game as the sixth rated team in the central section, coming off a narrow 10-9 loss to Fresno-Central the week before.
Tehachapi (2-1) will look to bounce back with a home contest against Arvin this Friday. The Bears come into the game with a 3-0 record after defeating South last Friday night.
The Braves hung tough with the Patriots for four quarters in a defensive battle, with Liberty escaping the mountain with a 14-6 victory last Friday afternoon, Sept. 7.
Willy Urciel led Tehachapi’s ground game with 64 yards on 10 carries, including a 15 yard fourth quarter touchdown.
Anthony Curiel also had 47 yards on four attempts, while Jonah Snowder, Jacob Gray, Nick Steele and Michael Piekarski combined with 61 yards rushing. Steele also had 21 yard completion from Chris Llamas.
On defense, Steele led the team in tackles with eight, with Piekarski, Jerry Castaneda and Gabe Dodge close behind with seven tackles each. Thomas Blewett and Larry Wiggins also recorded pass deflections.
On special teams, Curiel had a 58 yard punt following Tehachapi’s opening drive of the first quarter.
The Indians suffered a setback last Thursday, Sept. 6 against Liberty in a 40-0 defeat.
Lars Olofson completed two passes for 32 yards, both to Daniel Wright, while Segun Gainey had a 20 yard pass completion to Mikey Phillips.
In the ground game, Brandon Alshaer also had a 50 yard run.