2014 Tulare County Football Preview

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HAWKS MISSION OAK 2014 SCHEDULE AUG. 29 @Dinuba 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 05 @WUHS 7:00 p.m. SEPT. 13** BCHS 7:00 p.m. SEPT. 19 Mt. Whitney 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 26 Exeter 7:30 p.m. OCT. 03 BYE OCT. 10 Porterville 7:00 p.m. OCT. 16* Monache 7:00 p.m. OCT. 24 @Tulare Western 7:00 p.m. OCT. 31 @Tulare Union 7:00 p.m. NOV. 07 Delano 7:00 p.m. *= Thursday Night Game **= Saturday Night Game WUHS= Washington Union BCHS= Bakersfield Christian East Yosemite 3 League Prediction @Tulare Union OCT. 31 @ 7:00 p.m. DELANO NOV. 07 @ 7:00 p.m. MONACHE OCT. 16 @ 7:00 p.m. @Tulare Western OCT. 24 @ 7:00 p.m. PORTERVILLE OCT. 10 @ 7:00 p.m. KEY HAWKS LB Danny Alvarado RB LeAndre Jefferson Mark Gambini 6th season Overall Record 35-22 Postseason Record 4-3 League Titles 2* Valley Titles 0 *=2012, 2013 Head Coach Mission Oak is going to have to find a way to replace an All-Star defense which is never easy. Trey McJunkin 30 • MKP, INC. 2013 REviEW The 2013 Mission Oak Hawks are coming off the best year in the school's his- tory. The Hawks completed their first undefeated regular season, won their first Tulare City Championship, their first outright East Yosemite League Championship and were just two points shy of winning their first Valley Title. The Hawks flew through the competition outscoring opponents 478 to 94, includ- ing two playoff games versus Roosevelt and Wasco, with an average margin of victory of 32 points per game. 2014 PREviEW Despite losing most of their starting defense and their number one offensive weapon, Head Coach Mark Gambini still has high expec- tations for this year's team. Another EYL Title is still within reach but getting back to the Valley Title game would be a tall order. OffEnSE The Hawks were well balanced on of- fense last year and look to continue that trend this year. Last year's team passed for 2,140 yards and 32 touchdowns and rushed for 2,727 yards and 38 touchdowns. The pass- ing attack will remain potent with Trey McJunkin returning as the starting quarterback. McJunkin passed for more than 2,000 yards last year as a sophomore and should only get better. He will again be throwing to wide receiver Koby Tripp, whose precise route-running has caught the attention of UNLV, Wyoming and Southern Utah. The biggest hurdle for the Hawks' offense is replacing All-Star Elijah Porchia, the best running back in school history. Por- chia was Mission Oak's first 1,000- yard rusher in his junior year and the school's first 2,000-yard rusher his se- nior year. Last year Porchia ran for 2,357 yards and ended his high school career with 5,428 yards and 85 touchdowns. The team also lost its top blocker from last year, All-Star lineman Evan Van Beek. Running back Le'Andre Jef- ferson will try and fill Porchia's shoes at both running back and defensive back. DEfEnSE Mission Oak had one of the toughest defenses in the Cen- tral Section holding opponents to less than 10 points per game. But most of that squad graduated after the season. This year's defensive line will be anchored by Antonio Hernandez (225). Returning starters Danny Alvarado and Trent Reed will lead the linebacking corps and step into leadership roles on the defense. PREDicTiOn If the Hawks can get off to another great start they could capture another EYL Title and City Championship. Mission Oak may be able to continue to light up the score- board but the other team might as well.

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