Tuesday, Oct 08 2013 06:00 AM

Junior varsity earns hard fought win Braves win seesaw battle over West, 27-20

The Braves and the Vikings traded touchdown punches from start to finish, but in the end Tehachapi logged in the final score to triumph with a 27-20 victory over West.

Tehachapi (4-1) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead on an 11-play 56-yard drive to open the first quarter, capped by a Keyron Scott eight-yard goal line score. Scott went on to finish as the leading rusher for the Braves with 68 yards on 14 carries.

West managed to tie the game at 6-6 midway through the second quarter, but relinquished the lead for a second time on their next possession on a fumbled punt.

The loose pigskin was picked up by Daniel Wight, who then raced 39 yards for a touchdown with just over a minute remaining before halftime. However, the lead was short lived, with West taking the ensuing kickoff return 70 yards and connecting on the PAT for a slim halftime advantage, 13-12.

On the first possession of the third quarter, Mountain Football orchestrated an impressive 89-yard drive that registered six first downs, ending on a Chase Podratz four-yard touchdown run. After Lars Olofson connected with Jacob Gonzales on a two point pass conversion, the Braves reclaimed the lead, 20-13.

West would tie the contest midway through the fourth quarter, but the Braves would take the lead for good on a Taydin Macon touchdown two minutes later to seal the win.

Macon finished with 55 yards on 11 carries and Podratz had 33 yards on six carries to help pace the Tehachapi offense.

On defense, Gabe Dodge and Gonzales both had five tackles, while Jaxon Reed, Colten Eaton, Caleb Huebner and Wight had four tackles each and Tanner Herman and Podratz each had three tackles.

In other highlights, Reed and Eaton both had sacks, Herman and Wight had fumble recoveries and Aaron Vachon recorded an interception on West's final possession of the game.

The Braves will be in action again this Thursday at home against East. The game will be played at Coy Burnett Field and start at 7:30 p.m.


The Indians had another standout performance from quarterback Paul Stephens-Green in a 27-6 loss against West last Thursday afternoon.

Stephens-Green, who had 143 yards passing and two touchdowns against Arvin two weeks ago, nearly matched that same total with 136 yards passing on nine completions.

Tyler Metzler was the recipient of most of the completions, hauling in a game high 87 yards on five catches, including a 45-yard catch midway through the third quarter.

Seth Ramirez also had a 19 yard reception, Phillipe Vachon had two catches for 15 yards and Edil Parra had a 15 yards reception to highlight the passing game. On the ground, Marty McIrvin was the leading rusher with 33 yards on nine carries.

On defense, Nikolas Hackleman had 14 tackles, followed by Vachon with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery, and Brycen Jacobson with seven tackles.

Eddie Graham, Dawson Cass, Gary Gomes and Metzler also had six tackles apiece, with Metzler also stripping a fumble that was recovered by Josiah Lundquist. Logging in four tackles each were Kyle Winn, Tyler Mata and McIrvin.

On special teams, Anthony Martinez had two kickoff returns for 53 total yards.

Tehachapi (0-5) will have their next game at home this Thursday afternoon against East. Kickoff will be at 5 p.m.

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