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2014 Tulare County Football Preview

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PANTHERS Porterville 2014 SCHEDULE AUG. 29 Centennial 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 05 @West 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 12 BYE SEPT. 19 @Hanford 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 26 Dinuba 7:30 p.m. OCT. 03 @Buchanan 7:30 p.m. OCT. 10 @Mission Oak 7:00 p.m. OCT. 16* Tulare Western 7:00 p.m. OCT. 23* @Tulare Union 7:00 p.m. OCT. 31 @Delano 7:00 p.m. NOV. 07 Monache 7:00 p.m. *= Thursday Night Game East Yosemite 2 League Prediction @Delano OCT. 31 @ 7:00 p.m. MONACHE NOV. 07 @ 7:00.p.m. TULARE WESTERN OCT. 16 @ 7:00 p.m. @Tulare Union OCT. 23 @ 7:00 p.m. @Mission Oak OCT. 10 @ 7:00 p.m. KEY PANTHERS QB Andrew Whitten OL Drew Maniss Carl Scudder 3rd season Overall Record 15-9 Postseason Record 2-2 League Titles 0 Valley Titles 0 Head Coach With a majority of last year's players graduated, this year's team will still be fun to watch. Jose Cordova 36 • MKP, INC. 2013 REviEw The Porterville Panthers finished their 2013 season with a 9-3 record under head coach Carl Scudder. The Panthers opened their season winning their first five games, and crushing their opponents by huge margins. In their first win of the sea- son the Panthers scored 80 points to man handle the Mt. Whitney Pioneers. Porterville was able to manage a 3-2 record in East Yosemite League play, falling to both Mission Oak and Tu- lare Western in consecutive weeks, dropping them to third place in league standings. Despite two straight losses to league opponents the Pan- thers were able to rally and win their last three games, scoring at least 40 points in each on their way to a first round playoff bye. After steamrolling the Mad- era Coyotes in a 61-12 victory in the Division III Quarter-Fi- nals, the Panthers ultimately fell to the Ridgeview Wolf Pack in a devastatingly close 38-35 loss in the Semi-Finals. 2014 PREviEw This 2014 Panthers squad will have an entirely different look as a majority of last year's players graduated. However, Isaiah Jones will be returning as a junior this year to carry the load in the backfield, and relieve some of the pressure from first year starting quarterback Andrew Whitten. Despite the loss of senior- ity on the team, the Panthers have been working hard in the weight room and it reflects in the size of the players. While they may be young they will be strong heading into the 2014 season. OffENSE Porterville is nor- mally a fast tempo offense, and with the loss of their senior quarter- back Dennis Chester, the Panthers have devised a new scheme to burn defenses. With Isaiah Jones in the backfield hav- ing rushed for 1,407 yards, 9.38 yards per rush, and 17 touchdowns as a sophomore, Porterville will be looking to run the ball through him as a junior to attack defenses. The Panthers offensive line are not only strong but quick as well, and should open up holes quickly for Jones. DEfENSE On the defensive side of the ball it will be business as usual making sure that all 11 players attack the ball. One position to watch out for is the younger group of linebackers taking the field this season. Coach Scudder is looking forward to one player in particular, Jose Cordova who has put in the work this off season and should be able to step up this year. PREDiCTiON Look for the Panthers to make some noise in the EYL but could fall just one game short of claiming an outright title. Once playoff time comes around, the Panthers should go deep into the playoffs.

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