2014 Tulare County Football Preview

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TRAILBLAZERS Golden West 2014 SCHEDULE AUG. 29 BYE SEPT. 05 Kingsburg 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 12 @Tulare Western 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 19 Reedley 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 25 Delano 7:30 p.m. OCT. 03 Redwood 7:30 p.m. OCT. 10 @Lemoore 7:30 p.m. OCT. 17 Hanford 7:30 p.m. OCT. 24 @Hanford West 7:30 p.m. OCT. 30* Mt. Whitney 7:30 p.m. NOV. 07 El Diamante 7:00 p.m. *= Thursday Night Game West Yosemite 5 League Prediction HANFORD WEST OCT. 24 @ 7:30 p.m. MT. WHITNEY OCT. 30 @ 7: 30 p.m. @Lemoore OCT. 10 @ 7:30 p.m. HANFORD OCT. 17 @ 7: 30 p.m. REDWOOD OCT. 03 @ 7:30 p.m. KEY TRAILBLAZERS LB Derk Rowley LB Bryan Contreras Paul Preheim 4th season Overall Record 5-25 Postseason Record 0-0 League Titles 0 Valley Titles 0 Head Coach Golden West has improved leaps and bounds and they look to get even better this season Eric Sanchez 18 • MKP, INC. EL DIAMANTE NOV. 07 @ 7:00 p.m. 2013 REvIEw Do not let last years 2-8 record define the Golden West Trailblazers. If you look at the scores of the games com- pared to the 2012 season you will see a mass improvement under 4th year coach Paul Preheim. In 2012 Preheim believes the Trailblazers had eight run- ning clocks against them. In 2013 the Trailblazers had one running clock against them and one in their favor, so there is a major improvement from 2012 to 2013. This is something Preheim and his coaching staff are really excited about, even though their record may not show it where it shows is in the weight room and just in game preparation. 2014 PREvIEw Having 16 returning starters from last year's team, Preheim thinks this year's team will be even better than the 2013 team. Looking ahead at their schedule, the Trailblazers have a very tough preseason and a tough league schedule. The Trailblazers are in Division IV this sea- son and will only face one other Di- vision IV team all season long. The Trailblazers face five Divi- sion III teams, three Division II teams and one Division I team, so if the Trailblazers can stay healthy and competitive they will be one of the better teams come playoff time. OffEnSE Golden West returns four of their five starting offensive linemen and two of their three starting running backs from last year's team. In Golden West's Wing-T offense having so many returners is a very positive thing. Golden West will need to find a replacement at the quarterback position and Preheim feels he has a replacement for Quadre Ford. One of the weap- ons the Trailblaz- ers will have this season is Sheldon White. Last year White rushed for 284 yards and 273 yards in receiving. White was also able to find the end zone six times last season. Opposing defenses will have their hands full trying to slow down the talented athlete. Another key to this offense is going to be their receiving core. Derek Glasgow was the team leader with 402 yards while Eric Sanchez was third with 122 yards. DEfEnSE The biggest upgrade for the Trailblazers on the defensive side of the ball is their defen- sive coordinator. The kids are really buying in on what they are trying to do on defense and it will show on the field this year. Preheim says the defense will be much more physical this season. PREDICTIOn The Trailblazers will be better this season than in the past. Will they be fighting for a league title this year, no. But the future looks bright and should be fighting for a league title in the near future. If the Trailblazers can stay healthy and make it to the playoffs, look for them to make a serious run in the playoffs.

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