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2014 Tulare County Football Preview

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EMPERORS Dinuba 2014 SCHEDULE AUG. 29 Mission Oak 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 05 @Reedley 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 12 @Hanford 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 19 El Diamante 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 26 @Porterville 7:30 p.m. OCT. 03 Tulare Union 7:30 p.m. OCT. 10 @CVC* 7:30 p.m. OCT. 17 Kingsburg 7:30 p.m. OCT. 24 Selma 7:30 p.m. OCT. 31 BYE NOV. 07 Exeter 7:3 0 p.m. *= Central Valley Christian Central Sequoia 1 League Prediction SELMA OCT. 24 @ 7:30 p.m. EXETER NOV. 07 @ 7:30 p.m. @CVC OCT. 10 @ 7:30 p.m. KINGSBURG OCT. 17 @ 7:30 p.m. KEY EMPERORS Isaac Leppke QB Hunter Garrison Kevin Scharton 13th season Overall Record 108-57 Postseason Record 16-10 League Titles 5* Valley Titles 2** *=2003, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012 **=2009, 2013 Head Coach The Emperors defense is not expecting any major changes with several key players returning Nick Villalobos 48 • MKP, INC. CB 2013 REViEw The Dinuba Emperors took teams to class on their way to a 10-3 overall record and a Di- vision III Valley Championship last season. The Emperors absolutely manhandled their first four op- ponents to go 4-0 before their first loss of the season to the Porterville Panthers. Dinuba went on to face some adversity going 2-2 against fel- low Central Sequoia League teams as well. In the last game of the regu- lar season the Emperors suf- fered their third loss to the Ex- eter Monarchs 34-21. A loss that Head Coach Kev- in Scharton calls a "blessing in disguise" as it geared his team for a tough playoff push. Playing a slew of Bakers- field based teams such as the South Rebels, Independence Falcons, and the Ridgeview Wolf Pack, the Emperors ran the table to own a Division III Valley Championships. 2014 PREViEw Last year Dinuba over- looked some teams they should have defeated, but coming off of a Val- ley Champi- onship season the Emperors are focused on cleaning up the mistakes that lead to their three losses last year. The Emperors are shifting their offense from a pass to a run oriented philosophy, and should be able to do it well behind running back Michael Wright. Dinuba's defense should be top notch this year with many starters returning in addition to the amount of experience they have gained from last season's playoff grind. OffENSE Dinuba had a top shelf quarterback in Marcus McMaryion last season. This year they have a similar caliber of talent at the running back position with Michael Wright who has broken a number of school running records heading into his senior season. The Emperors also have three offensive linemen returning from last years' champion- ship team. DEfENSE The team is not expecting any major changes defen- sively as the Emperors have several players returning at key positions. As the defense will have more experience to draw from this year, coaches are expecting them to be faster and more physical and should be the strength of the team heading into the season. PREDictiON The Dinuba Emperors are shifting their offensive focus from a heavy pass to a heavy run, but it should be a simple transition as the team has a ton of talent at the running back position. The defense played their best ball in the playoffs and should continue that level of play. Look for the Emperors to capture a CSL title this year.

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