2014 Tulare County Football Preview

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REDSKINS Tulare Union 2014 SCHEDULE AUG. 29 @El Diamante 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 05 Garces 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 12 @Redwood 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 18* Kingsburg 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 26 BYE OCT. 03 @Dinuba 7:30 p.m. OCT. 10 @Monache 7:00 p.m. OCT. 17 Delano 7:00 p.m. OCT. 23* Porterville 7:00 p.m. OCT. 31 Mission Oak 7:00 p.m. NOV. 07 Tulare Western 6:30 p.m. *= Thursday Night Game East Yosemite 4 League Prediction MISSION OAK OCT. 31 @ 7:00 p.m. TULARE WESTERN NOV. 07 @ 6:30 p.m. DELANO OCT. 17 @ 7:00 p.m. PORTERVILLE OCT. 23* @ 7:00 p.m. @Monache OCT. 10 @ 7:00 p.m. KEY REDSKINS LB Mark Briseno LB Mekhi Henderson Darren Bennett 19th season Overall Record 98-46-1 Postseason Record 11-8 League Titles 6* Valley Titles 1** *=2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011,2012 **= 2008 Head Coach The Redskins will rely on their defense to help make a strong push in a very tough league Stevin Morin 38 • MKP, INC. 2013 REvIEw Tulare Union failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006 last season. The Redskins finished 3-7 in a year that began with a blowout loss to El Diamante and ended with wrenching loss to rival Tulare Western. Darren Bennett's 18th season as Redskins' head coach – a career that has established a proud tradition including three Valley champion- ships and 11 East Yosemite League titles - is one he would like to forget. 2014 PREvIEw "Last year was last year! It's behind us." The words from Head Coach Darren Bennett seems to be rallying cry for the Redskins youthful roster. The silver lining in last year's subpar season is that it gave a lot of young players valuable experience on the field. Tulare Union returns 16 starters, including freshmen and sophomore starters on both sides of the ball. This year could be another step for playoff threat in 2014. OffENSE Romello Harris rushed for 947 yards in his freshman season. As a sophomore, the Redskins running back doubled that. Harris finished the season with 1,860 yards. Harris has also led the team in scoring his first two years with 14 and 15 touchdowns respectively. In other words, Tulare Union's offense will go as far as Harris can take them. This year's offensive line should be more athletic overall with Marcus Alonzo, Jacquobi Chamalbide and Marcello Matos all topping 6'0 and 240 pounds. Ulises Nunes (215) and Joaquin Avila (220) round-out the group. The key to the Redskins youth movement might be quarterback John Chamal- bide. He should make good strides this year throwing to fellow sopho- more Shawn Jones who led the team with 220 yards receiving and three touchdowns as a freshman. DEfENSE Tulare Union's hope for a better record this year falls on the shoulders of its defense, and more specifically its line- backers. The Redskins return three starters, seniors Mekhi Hen- derson, Mark Briseno and Brian Gomes will lead the unit and the defense. Spencer Montgomery will anchor the defensive backfield after finishing last season with 26 tackles. PREDIctION The road to the playoffs won't get any easier this year as cross-town rivals Tulare Western has improved and Mission Oak has reloaded on offense. With so many young players moving into starting roles, there isn't a lot of depth on the team. A City Champion- ship is probably out of reach and an EYL Title for Coach Bennett's collection is prob- ably out of the question.

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