The Warriors played one of their most impressive defensive games of the year against a prolific, high-scoring offense in the CIF Division II Quarterfinals.
However, Garces matched Mountain Football with a stifling performance of their own en route to a 20-3 win over Tehachapi.
With the turnover battle one of the major contributing factors to Tehachapi's loss in the SEYL championship two weeks before, the Warriors had a reversal of fortunes in the playoff rematch. The Warriors recorded a fumble and interception in the first half to help preserve an early lead.
On Garces's second play from scrimmage, a mishandled snap and a blitzing Bobby Sharp gave Tehachapi (8-4) early momentum, with Sharp picking up the pigskin from the turf and racing 19 yards to the Garces 15-yard line.
The Warriors took advantage of the early gift by connecting on a 25-yard field goal by Abraham Katona for a 3-0 advantage at the 9:08 mark of the first quarter.
The lead held pat for the majority of the first period. David Carter stopped another drive on the next Garces possession by tipping a pass and recording an interception at the Tehachapi eight-yard line. The turnover stymied a Rams scoring opportunity, negating points from a Garces 57-yard drive that recorded three first downs.
Garces would get on the scoreboard at the 5:46 mark in the second quarter on a 20-yard touchdown run and add two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to end the Warriors' season.
Carter finished as the leading tackler for Tehachapi with eight takedowns, followed by Micah Fjeld and Ty Curry with seven tackles each. Thomas Blewett, Angel Garcia and Sharp added five tackles apiece and Sean Casey and Joseph Blewett contributed with four takedowns each.
Thomas Blewett also had two sacks and Willy Urciel recorded a sack for Mountain Football.
On offense, Christian Terle led all rushers with 27 yards on eight carries, playing the entire first half before re-aggravating an ankle injury on Tehachapi's second play of the third quarter and not returning to action. Other rushing leaders included Carter with 21 yards and Skylar Valencia with 18 yards on the ground.
Chris Llamas led the passing attack with four completions for 64 yards, connecting with Logan Soto on two catches for 58 yards and Dakota Medovitch on a catch for six yards. Valencia also had a reception for zero yards.
All-SEYL selections for Tehachapi will be announced in a future edition of the Tehachapi News. Please be sure and log into thswarriors.com for a full season recap and highlights throughout the season. Full stats on the players will be posted in maxpreps.com within the next few weeks.