2014 Tulare County Football Preview

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GRIZZLIES Granite Hills 2014 SCHEDULE AUG. 29 @Kennedy 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 05 @Farmersville 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 12 Orosi 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 19 BYE SEPT. 27** Orange Cove 7:30 p.m. OCT. 03 Rosamond 7:30 p.m. OCT. 10 @Corcoran 7:30 p.m. OCT. 17 Lindsay 7:30 p.m. OCT. 23* Sierra Pacific 7:30 p.m. OCT. 31 Strathmore 7:30 p.m. NOV. 07 @Woodlake 7:30 p.m. *= Thursday Night Game **= Saturday Night Game East Sequoia 5 League Prediction STRATHMORE OCT. 31 @ 7:30 p.m. @Woodlake NOV. 07 @ 7:30 p.m. LINDSAY OCT. 17 @ 7:30 p.m. SIERRA PACIFIC OCT. 23 @ 7:30 p.m. @Corcoran OCT. 10 @ 7:30 p.m. KEY GRIZZLIES S Omar Rios DL Erik Medrano Marc Salazar 5th season Overall Record 12-39* Postseason Record 0-1 League Titles 0 Valley Titles 0 *=2007-2010 at Golden West High School Head Coach The Grizzlies's offensive line will determine just how far this year's team will go. Fernando Tapia 56 • MKP, INC. 2013 REvIEw Last season did not go the way that head coach Marc Salazar had hoped. The Grizzlies went 1-9 on the season with their lone win coming in week eight of the regular season with an overtime victory over league foe the Sierra Pacific Golden Bears. Even though the Grizzlies had just one victory, Coach Salazar was very pleased with how his team never gave up and fought until the final whistle of the fourth quarter. With the Grizzlies never give up attitude, they were able to keep some games close while giving teams a run for their money. Salazar feels with the proper preseason work outs, his team would have been able to have more success throughout the season. 2014 PREvIEw Heading into this season the coaching staff feels a lot better about their chances on the season. All summer long the team has put the work in the weight room and things have been very positive around workouts and the turnout of athletes that are coming out this year. The team is show- ing just how positive things are around the Granite Hills football program. OFFEnSE This year's offense will have players who have the varsity experience that is needed to be successful. Quarterback Nicolas Norris returns along with a few talented running backs. Salazar believes Norris has been able to mature more than last season and will be able to guide his offense up and down the field. The one weakness the Grizzlies are looking at is the offensive line. The Grizzlies gradu- ated a few key lineman, but the coaching staff believes they have the players who have the tools to fill in the holes. The offensive line will determine just how far the Grizzlies will go this year. DEFEnSE For this year's defense, Salazar feels this is where the team is the strongest. According to Salazar, say- ing the Grizzlies have a weak spot on the defensive side of the ball is almost unfair to say. He feels the defense has a lot of talent and a lot of experience. Some key guys to keep an eye out for is safety Omar Rios, Erik Medrano and Rue- ben Arreola. Rios and Arreola will lead a very strong and experienced secondary this upcoming season for the Grizzlies. PREDIcTIOn Look for the Grizzlies to pick some early season victories and even a couple of wins in East Sequoia League play. Once playoffs begin, look for the Grizzlies to pick up their first playoff victory in school history.

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