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2014 Tulare County Football Preview

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MUSTANGS TULARE WESTERN 2014 SCHEDULE AUG. 28 BYE SEPT. 05 @Mt. Whitney 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 12 Golden West 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 19 Hanford West 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 26 @Madera 7:30 p.m. OCT. 03 Selma 7:30 p.m. OCT. 10 @Delano 7:00 p.m. OCT. 16* @Porterville 7:00 p.m. OCT. 24 Mission Oak 7:00 p.m. OCT. 30* Monache 7:00 p.m. NOV. 07 Tulare Union 6:30 p.m. *= Thursday Night Game East Yosemite 1 League Prediction MONACHE OCT. 30* 7:00 p.m. @Tulare Union NOV. 07 @ 6:30 p.m. @ Porterville OCT. 16* @ 7:00 p.m. MISSION OAK OCT. 24 @ 7:00 p.m. @Delano OCT. 10 @ 7:00 p.m. KEY MUSTANGS DB Daniel Martinho LB Drew Muller Ryan Rocha 2nd season Overall Record 7-4 Postseason Record 0-1 League Titles 0 Valley Titles 0 Head Coach The Mustangs are building team unity and momentum to make a run at a EYL title Jordan Padilla 40 • MKP, INC. 2013 REviEw It's hard to bounce back from an 0-10 season, that is unless your name is Ryan Rocha. The first year head coach quickly turned Tulare Western around and led the Mustangs to 4-1 record in the East Yosemite League. The Mus- tangs made huge strides last year and were on the verge of a playoff run. All four of Tulare Western's losses came against good teams and were decided by a touchdown or less. 2014 PREviEw Head Coach Ryan Rocha has seen the team's depth increase in his first season, with a varsity roster that has grown from about 30 to 50. Good depth means fresh legs and stronger special teams. The 2014 season will also be the players second year in Rocha's terminology and what he calls a "winning football mentality." And if good depth wasn't enough, the Mustangs return seven starters on both offense and defense. OffENSE Rocha would like to see a balanced Tulare Western pro- style offense, at least in the beginning, the team will rely on its passing attack. Kobe Portillo returns at quarterback after throwing for 1,783 yards and 12 touch- downs his junior year. His top target from a year ago is back as well. Jordan Padilla looks to improve upon his team lead- ing 604 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. Wide receivers Kimo Maio, Casey Bernardo and shifty slot receiver Rudy Vasquez should play a bigger role in the passing game. The running game is less clear. Tulare Western gradu- ated both of its top rushers from a year ago. Senior Corey Juarez may be the Mustangs best shot at a consis- tent running back but its likely it will be a running back by committee until someone emerges. DEfENSE It will be difficult to replace All-Star linebacker Talvan Juarez, who led last year's team with 114 tackles, 5 sacks and 3 interceptions. The Mus- tangs will look to Drew Muller to direct the 4-3 defense. Muller was second on the team with 112 tackles in his junior year. He will be joined by Elijah Alonzo and John Frausto. Stuffing the run in front of Muller are junior defen- sive tackles Andy Acosta (215 pounds) and Justin Aguiar (235 pounds). Defensive end Junior Chamalbide will provide some pass rush. Behind Muller will be Daniel "Nugget" Martinho, who tied for the team lead in intercep- tions. PREDicTiON Tulare Western looks poised to win its first league title in 10 years. The Mustangs are building momentum while Mission Oak and Porterville try to rebuild. It's not just the Real California Milk sponsorship that will put the Mustangs at the top of the EYL.

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