2014 Tulare County Football Preview

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MINERS El Diamante 2014 SCHEDULE AUG. 29 Tulare Union 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 05 @Sunnyside 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 12 Monache 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 19 @Dinuba 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 26 Mt. Whitney 7:30 p.m. OCT. 03 @Hanford 7:30 p.m. OCT. 10 BYE OCT. 17 Hanford West 7:30 p.m. OCT. 24 Redwood 7:30 p.m. OCT. 30* Lemoore 7:30 p.m. NOV. 07 @Golden West 7:00 p.m. *= Thursday Nigh Game WEST Yosemite 1 League Prediction REDWOOD OCT. 24 @ 7:30 p.m. LEMOORE OCT. 30 @ 7:30 p.m. @Hanford OCT. 03 @ 7:30 p.m. HANFORD WEST OCT. 17 @ 7:30 p.m. MT. WHITNEY SEPT. 26 @ 7:30 p.m. KEY MINERS DE Tymerick Martin FB Alex Schapansky Mark Rogers 14th season Overall Record 133-42 Postseason Record 14-8 League Titles 7* Valley Titles 2* *=2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 **=2007, 2013 Head Coach The Miners offensive line will be the key to help move the ball for the Miners this season Darius Liles 14 • MKP, INC. @Golden West NOV. 07 @ 7:00 p.m. 2013 REvIEw The 2013 El Diamante Min- ers finished their season by go- ing 12-1 and capturing the Di- vision II Valley Championship by defeating the Garces Rams 28-14. The Miners also went undefeated in West Yosemite League play, in fact their only loss last season came on Sep- tember 20 against Central as the Miners fell 42-7. The Miners graduated a very good senior class last year. One of those key seniors was Deangelo Torres who rushed for a total of 1,188 yards on the ground and pounded out 18 touchdowns. 2014 PREvIEw Heading into this season the Miners are riding a nine game winning streak that started with a 49-10 victory over cross town rival the Mt. Whitney Pio- neers. The Miners also have a few goals for this season, just like they do every season. It is more like a tradition rather than goals, but every year the team sets goals and the first one is win a West Yosemite League title. Second they want to be win a city champi- onship and last they want to do well in the playoffs. The tough- est part of those goals, do well in the playoffs. After winning a Division II Valley Title, the Miners were bumped up to Division I for the playoffs. But head coach Mark Rogers along with this year's squad looks forward to the challenge. OffENSE Even though the Miners graduated a talented running back in Deangelo Torres, Rogers feels he still has the talent on the offensive side of the ball to fill in where needed and to reach the goals that are set out in front of the team. Returning Quarterback and Sacramento State com- mit, JC Robles looks to lead the offense along with running back Alex Schapansky and Keylan Liles. As a junior Schapan- sky was the team's second leading rusher with 788 rushing yards while sophomore Liles rushed for 478 yards. As for Robles, he was able to pass for 1,623 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season. The passing game will definitely be a strong part of this year's team. DEfENSE Coach Rogers strongly believes the defensive line is going to be the strength this year. With 6'2" 240 pound de- fensive end Tymerick Martin, the Miners look to be just one of the many bright spots on the defensive line along with Nick Souza. At the linebacker position the Miners return Darius Liles who was the West Yosemite League defensive player of the year. PREDIctION The Miners will be just as tough as always and will capture another WYL title. What will be interesting to see is just how far the Miners go in the playoffs. Look for them to make a run, but being in D-1 playoffs they may not return to the title game.

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