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2014 Tulare County Football Preview

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PIONEERS Mt. Whitney 2014 SCHEDULE 4 League Prediction HANFORD OCT. 24 @ 7:30 p.m. @Golden West OCT. 30 @ 7:30 p.m. HANFORD WEST OCT. 10 @ 7:30 p.m. @Lemoore OCT. 17 @ 7:30 p.m. @ El Diamante SEPT. 26 @ 7:30 p.m. KEY PIONEERS DE Joseph Looney DE Gene Pryor Marty Martin 6th seasons Overall Record 35-32* Postseason Record 3-4 League Titles 0 Valley Titles 0 *=Kerman High School 2008-2010 Mt. Whitney High School 2011- Present The Pioneers look to reload after graduating 42 seniors from last year's team; 19 were starters Hayden McCaw 22 • MKP, INC. @Redwood NOV. 07 @ 7:00 p.m. AUG. 29 @Garces 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 05 Tulare Western 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 12 @Sunnyside 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 19 Mission Oak 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 26 @El Diamante 7:30 p.m. OCT. 03 BYE OCT. 10 Hanford West 7:30 p.m. OCT. 17 @Lemoore 7:30 p.m. OCT. 24 Hanford 7:30 p.m. OCT. 30* @Golden West 7:30 p.m. NOV. 07 @Redwood 7:00 p.m. *= Thursday Night Game WEST YOSEMITE Head Coach 2013 REvIEw The 2013 season had lots of hype for the Mt. Whitney Pioneers. With 19 starters returning from last year, the Pioneers were primed to make a run at El Diamante. Things did not turn out well for the Pioneers as the season went on. Mt. Whitney went 2-8 on the season with their only two wins coming in West Yosemite League play. Matter of fact the Pioneers first win of the season came on week six of the regular season against Hanford West. In the three years that head coach Marty Martin has been at the helm, he feels last sea- son was the best coaching job his staff has done in his ten- ure. For Coach Martin it isn't about the wins and losses, it is more about transforming his athletes into young men that the community can be proud of. 2014 PREvIEw Heading into this season, the Pioneers have put more emphasis on leadership which will carry over to the football field. Leadership is going to be big for the Pio- neers this sea- son as they graduated 42 seniors. This year's team will be young and should be excit- ing to watch as they mature as the season goes on. This senior class will also be the first class to go all four years through Coach Martin's program, which should pay off when it comes to what he expects from his players. OffENSE One of the focal points to the success for this year's team is going to be the offensive line. Coach Martin says the line is very strong and athletic which for the Pioneers up tempo offensive is going to give opposing teams trouble. In the quarterback position the Pio- neers return Jordan Brooks who got the bulk of the starts last season as a sophomore. Brooks passed for 1,253 yards and nine touchdown passes. Behind Brooks, the Pioneers will look towards Hayden McCaw to lead the running game. Mc- Caw was second on the team last year with 570 rushing yards. In the main scheme of things the Pioneers will try to be a balanced offense but Coach Martin thinks the team will be more run oriented this year with McCaw. DEfENSE Just like on offense, one of the strengths this year is going to be the defensive line. Another strong point for the Pioneers is going to be their linebacker core. The Pioneers will be a hard team to run on in between the tackles this year. PREDICtION Mt. Whitney will be young and at times their youth will show and in a very competi- tive West Yosemite League it will be hard to reach the top. The Pioneers should fin- ish in the middle of the pack and should make a playoff appearance this season.

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