By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
TEHACHAPI -- West High scored on its final three possessions in the second quarter and the Vikings' defense took over in the second half Friday night to seal a 31-13 upset of host Tehachapi in the opening round of the Central Section Division II playoffs.
Tehachapi (8-3) scored first on a 75- yard drive in the first-quarter, capped by a Jorge Garcia 4-yard touchdown run.
But West dominated after that.
Patrick Marzett ignited the Vikings with an 18-yard catch off a screen pass on third-and-15, setting the stage for the first of three consecutive Vikings touchdowns.
"As a team, any time we seem to get that early momentum and that big play, we get on fire and that helped us in that second quarter," said West coach Mark Camps, whose Vikings improved to 5-6. "When we get a big play in the passing game, the kids get excited about it."
Javaundre Howington scored the first West touchdown on a 12-yard end-around. Micah Mitchell added a touchdown on an 89-yard bootleg pitchout on the Vikings' next drive to give West the lead for good.
"Mitchell has been a real determined player for us all year long," Camps said. "He does a lot of the little things for us so it was nice to see him get the big play. He's been our all-around guy. He was huge (tonight)."
David Ross caught a 38-yard TD pass from Enrique Salazar to give West a 21-13 halftime lead.
Tehachapi lost a fumble on its first play from scrimmage in the second half, setting up another big play by Mitchell. This time, Mitchell scored on a 33-yard catch from Salazar, crawling the final 10 yards to reach the end zone.
West's defense forced three turnovers on downs and two fumble recoveries to ice the victory.
"We were on our kids all week about just playing good sound fundamental football," Camps said. "The last time we played Tehachapi, we felt that we had guys in the right spots but we tackled much better tonight. Ultimately, that was the difference."
Salazar completed 10-of-16 passes for 172 yards. Ross caught six passes for 111 yards.
Millan Brian kicked a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for West.
Garcia led Tehachapi with 165 yards on 21 carries. He scored both Warrior touchdowns.
"We didn't deserve to win and they did," Tehachapi head coach Steve Denman said. "We made too many mistakes against a good football team tonight."
-- TOM SHEA
Arvin 19, Chavez 14
ARVIN -- Carlos Parra's 2-yard TD run capped a nine-play, 78-yard drive in the third quarter that helped seal the Bears' victory in the first-round Division IV playoff game.
Quarterback Jordan Wood ran for 144 yards and a TD, and Orlando Perez ran for 122 yards and a TD for Arvin (7-4), which built a 13-0 halftime lead.
But the Titans (5-6) answered with two third-quarter TDs to take 14-13 a lead.
Chavez's Joe Cervantes ran 40 yards for a TD, and Jonathan Mendoza added a 45-yard TD reception for the Titans. Cervantes led Chavez with 99 rushing yards.
"We finished strong and played consistent," Arvin coach Edgar Mares said, "Last week we only played one half, and today we came out with much better energy."
Arvin will head to Wasco next week to take on the top seed in the league.
Wasco won the regular season meeting 56-28.
"We played Wasco well last time," Mares said, "It was 28-21 at the end of the first half, but we didn't finish. We've been inconsistent, but tonight we played all four quarters and finished strong."
-- FRANCIS MAYER
Delano 22 Washington Union 13
DELANO -- Daniel Quiroz passed for 149 yards and a touchdown, and running back Chris Hernandez ran for 79 yards to help the Tigers (6-5) hold off the Panthers (3-8) in a first-round Central Section Division III playoff game.
Delano who led 22-7 at halftime, intercepted four Panther passes. Washington was penalized 12 times for more than 100 yards. The Panthers played a competitive game, but could not overcome their miscues and penalties.
Trailing 22-13 on a fourth-and-2 with 4:16 left, the Panthers fumbled and the Tigers recovered.
The Panthers' Javin Harrison finished with 168 yards on 21 carries. Delano intercepted four passes.
-- Nestor Fernandez
Northwest Christian 75, Kings Christian 60
Deven Hillberg returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the first half to help lead the Guardians (9-2) to a Central Sierra eight-man title at North High. Hillberg added three TD runs in the second half.
Michael Pope capped an impressive season with four touchdown runs, including a 77-yard carry for a score in the second quarter.
-- Josh Bedingfield