2014 Tulare County Football Preview

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average of 12.6 points per game. On October 5, Metcalf made his season debut and did so like he had been playing all season long. In his first game of the season Metcalf would throw for 336 yards and five touchdowns to give the Aztecs a 44-8 victory over Orange Cove. In the next five games the Aztecs would go 4-1 and head into the Division VI Valley Playoffs with an East Sierra League Championship and a 5-5 overall record. Just like his freshman year, Metcalf had taken his team to another Valley Champion- ship game and just like the previous year the Farmersville Az- tecs fell to the Mendota Aztecs 34-21. In just seven games as a sophomore, Metcalf was able to throw for 1,995 yards and 22 touchdown passes to bring his career totals to 4,916 and 44 touchdown passes. Entering into his junior year Metcalf was looking to get even closer to the record books as he sat just 51 touchdowns behind record holder Oscar Reyes of Tulare Union. Reyes became the all time leader in touch- down passes in 2012 when he passed for 95 touchdown passes in his career. In the first five games of the 2013 season Metcalf added 20 more touch- down passes to his career totals to bring it up to 64 touchdowns in his young career. Metcalf now sits 31 touchdowns shy of Reyes' record. Metcalf would go on a touchdown throwing tear. As in the next five games he would throw for 24 more touchdown passes to make it 88 touchdown passes for his career. On the season Metcalf had already thrown for 44 touchdown passes and had the play- offs yet to play. Not knowing he was flirting with former Tulare Union Redskin quar- terback Emman- uel Lewis record of 50 t o u c h d o w n passes on a season, Metcalf opened up the Az- tecs playoff run by throwing for 5 touch- down passes against Laton in a 50-8 victory in the semi-finals. Metcalf's totals now stood at 49 touchdown passes on the season and 93 touchdowns in his career. This was just one touch- down shy of Emmanuel Lewis's re- cord and two touchdowns shy of Oscar Reyes' record of 95 career touchdown passes. In Metcalf's third attempt to bring home the programs first valley title, it was fitting that he would face the Strathmore Spar- tans. Metcalf would throw for five touchdowns in the 47-35 victory over the Spartans to capture the school's first Valley Title in program history. Metcalf now owns the single season record for touchdown passes in a single season with 54 and he also owns the record for career touchdown passes with 98. Metcalf still has his senior season to add to his career record. When it comes to top Tulare County quarterbacks this sea- son, Metcalf feels he is on that list. "I believe I have established my name," said Metcalf. "But I know there is more room for improvement so I can't get satisfied at where I am at." Once this season is over and all the touchdowns have been thrown, Metcalf's career touchdown passes record could be one that will stand the test of time. TULARE COUNTY FOOTBALL PREVIEW • 11

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