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2014 Tulare County Football Preview

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RANGERS Redwood 2014 SCHEDULE AUG. 29 Sanger 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 05 @Clovis East 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 12 Tulare Union 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 19 @Centennial 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 26 Lemoore 7:30 p.m. OCT. 03 @Golden West 7:30 p.m. OCT. 10 @Hanford 7:30 p.m. OCT. 17 BYE OCT. 24 El Diamante 7:30 p.m. OCT. 31 Hanford West 7:30 p.m. NOV. 07 Mt. Whitney 7:00 p.m. West Yosemite 2 League Prediction EL DIAMANTE OCT. 24 @ 7:30 p.m. HANFORD WEST OCT. 31 @ 7:30 p.m. @Golden West OCT. 03 @ 7:30 p.m. @Hanford OCT. 10 @ 7: 30 p.m. LEMOORE SEPT. 26 @ 7:30 p.m. KEY RANGERS Alex Chavez WR Luke Botta Shaun Ball 14th season Overall Record 84-65* Postseason Record 13-8 League Titles 1** Valley Titles 1*** *=Lemoore high school 2001-2010 **= 2006 ***= 2005 Head Coach The Rangers look to use their speed on defense to slow down opposing offenses this year Jeremiah Johnson 26 • MKP, INC. LB MT. WHITNEY NOV. 07 @ 7: 00 p.m. 2013 REviEw The Redwood Rangers had a season to be happy about, but not satisfied with. As always the one game that Redwood has to win is the Cowhide game in which they did this year by beating their cross highway rival the Mt. Whitney Pioneers. The part of last season that Redwood was not satisfied with was losing to Sanger in the Division II playoffs. The Rangers really wanted the chance to take on the EL Dia- mante Miners once more. The Rangers only West Yosemite League lose came from the Miners in week eight as the Miners defeated the Rangers 29-14. 2014 PREviEw Heading into this season the Rangers have a chance to be a very good football team, but until they can get a game or two under their belts it is really hard to say just how good this year's team will truly be. As a team the Rangers have been working hard all off season and they look capable of filling in some keys holes due to graduation. OffENSE Looking at this year's of- fense, the Rangers will have more experience on offense than they do on defense. With four of the five starting of- fensive lineman from last year, the interior of the Rangers offense will be able to open up the holes for the running game and be able to protect return- ing quarterback Adam Vance. Last season Vance's favorite target was Ricki Garcia who had 948 receiving yards and 10 touchdown passes. Looking at the running game, it is unclear as to who will emerge as the starters. With the Rangers top two rushers graduating it looks to be Jeremiah Johnson's job to carry the work load for the Rangers. Last sea- son Johnson rushed for 175 yards on 35 attempts to average five yards a carry. Johnson was also able to find the end zone twice. DEfENSE The defense may not have the experience that Coach Ball would like but he feels that the defense will be able to roam the field with their speed. The Rangers will look to re- place Cory Yahnian who led the team with tackles with 111 on the season along with Alec Yahnian who had 70 tackles of his own. The inexperience will hurt the Rangers early on but once West Yosemite League play begins the Rangers de- fense will have all the bugs ironed out. PREDictiON The Rangers will take some lumps early on in the preseason but will be ready to play heading into WYL play. There are two games on the Rangers schedule that will determine how well they will do in league. October 24 against El Diamante is a game that the Rangers have to win if they want to be league cham- pions, and the other game is November 7 against Mt. Whitney. This is a must win for the Rangers.

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