Tuesday, Nov 12 2013 06:00 AM

Braves football blanks Garces: THS caps season with win over Rams, 26-0

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Jacob Gonzales (No. 44) leaps over a defender for extra yardage in the league finale over Garces last Friday afternoon. Gonzales finished with 28 yards receiving, six tackles and an interception to help lead the Braves to a 26-0 shutout victory. With the win, the junior varsity squad finished league as SEYL champions. Photo by Mark Nessia

With the league title already wrapped up heading into the final game of the year, the Braves put the icing on the cake last Friday with a convincing 26-0 victory over Garces.

The win marked the seventh time this season that Tehachapi (9-1; 5-0 SEYL) allowed only one touchdown or less in a game and the shutout was their third overall.

Keyron Scott led the way by scoring three touchdown runs of 6, 1, and 68 yards in the first three quarters for the Braves. Scott closed the game with 143 yards on 20 carries.

Noah Whitlach also had 61 yards on seven attempts to help pace the running attack, adding the final touchdown of the evening on a two-yard run late in the fourth quarter. Taydin Macon also had a strong game with 67 yards on 11 carries and Jacob Gonzales had two catches for 28 yards, both coming from quarterback Lars Olofson.

On defense, the Braves forced three turnovers, with Cade Temple leading the way with a fumble recovery, interception and three recorded tackles.

Gonzales also had an interception and six tackles and Jaxon Reed was the leading tackler on the afternoon with seven takedowns. Other defensive leaders included Colten Eaton, Gabe Dodge and Tanner Herman with four tackles and Tyler Huebner, Daniel Wight and Israel Guerrero with three tackles apiece.

The SEYL title is the Braves 19th league championship in school history and fifth title for head coach Ryan Grimes, who's been at the jayvee helm since 2003. Assisting Coach Grimes this season was Jason Grimes, Matt Schneider, Jason Hail, Jimmy Lopez and Cody Rogers.


The Indians nearly took their opening drive for a touchdown last week against Garces, but eventually fell in a 43-0 loss to the Rams last Thursday in Bakersfield.

Tehachapi (0-10; 0-5 SEYL) drove 59 yards on their first series behind runs from Marty McIrvin and a catch by Philippe Vachon, but a fumble recovery at the one-yard line thwarted the chance for a score.

McIrvin finished with 20 yards on 11 carries and Paul Stephens-Green led the passing game with 85 yards on seven completions.

Eddie Graham had a catch for 34 yards, Vachon had two catches for 24 yards, Cameron Walsh had three catches for 18 yards and McIrvin recorded a catch for nine yards in the passing game.

On defense, Bobby Gallegos led the team in tackles with eight on the afternoon, followed by Joseph Counihan with seven tackles and Nikolas Hackleman and Walsh with five tackles each.

Jayce Scott also had two sacks, followed by Counihan and Tyler Mata with sacks and Walsh with a fumble recovery on a muffed punt.

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