If the Warriors had a bitter taste in their mouth from an early playoff exit to West last season, the tables were turned back with authority last Friday night in a 48-6 drubbing over the Vikings.
Tehachapi (3-2), coming off a bye week, seemingly picked up right where they left off from a 51-7 win over Arvin two weeks ago with nearly identical results against West. Showing no signs of rust, the Warriors orchestrated an efficient offense coupled with a suffocating defense from start to finish.
Mountain Football plowed their way to 406 yards on the ground, led by Skylar Valencia's 127 yards on 18 carries and Christian Terle's 116 yards on 22 carries in three quarters of work.
Valencia finished with two touchdowns of 30 and 19 yards, while Terle provided the final touchdown of the third quarter by barreling three yards through the middle of the line of scrimmage for a goal line score.
David Carter also had a strong offensive impact with two rushing touchdowns in the redzone, while Tyler Kroeger and Anthony Curiel both had 39 yards rushing apiece.
Kroeger also had an 11-yard reception and Dakota Medovitch a 12-yard reception from quarterback Chris Llamas. Medovitch also alertly picked up two offensive fumbles in the first half, with the second fumble registering a four yard touchdown.
On defense, Ty Curry, Micah Fjeld, Bobby Sharp, Thomas Blewett, Ethan Averett, Nathan Evans, Sean Casey, Steven Cross, Angel Garcia, Justin Handy, Willy Urciel and Carter had multiple tackles on the evening, with Sharp, Evans, Blewett and Nick Steele securing fumble recoveries.
Caleab Hutto had a 23-yard run on a kickoff return and scored the final touchdown of the night on a 10-yard run with just under three minutes remaining in the game. Victor Rodriguez also connected on six-of-seven PATs.
Overall, Mountain Football scored on seven of their nine possessions and recorded 19 first downs. West did not reach 100 yards of total offense until the second half, finishing with only 149 yards at game's end.
The Warriors will play again this Saturday at East-Bakersfield to open up the Southeast Yosemite League season. The game will start at 3 p.m.