2014 Tulare County Football Preview

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TULARE COUNTY FOOTBALL PREVIEW • 7 R omello Harris is without a doubt the featured back in Tulare Union's backfield. As a sophomore Harris managed 15 rushing touchdowns with 1,860 yards on 267 carries. Heading into his junior year Tulare Union Head Coach Darren Bennett believes that Harris is the most athletic running back he has ever coached. "I've never had a running back enter his junior year with eight scholarship offers already. Obviously he's a special athlete that is going to play beyond Friday and he's basically the captain of our offense," Bennett said. Some of the colleges pre- pared to extend Harris an offer are UCLA, Washington State, Colorado State, University of Washington, Air Force, and Arizona - with WSU, UW and CSU at the top of his list. Whether he will be playing running back is another ques- tion. "Really, I'll play any position they want me to play, I'm open to it. I'll even play defense if that's what the coach thinks is best," Harris said. Harris said he plans on majoring in forensic science, but for now he plans on focus- ing on his junior year at Tulare Union. With a large portion of the team's offensive linemen returning from last year, Harris believes that he has a golden opportunity to put up more than 2,000 yards this season. However he is looking even farther into the future, as he prepares for the kind of player he wants to be as a senior following this season. "I plan on doing more lifting, agility drills, conditioning and just becoming a better football player. I want to have more rushing yards, receiving yards and catches out of the back field," Harris said. Achieving his goal of becoming a well rounded player his senior year begins with improving his game this season. "What I really want to work on this year is my vision. So in practice I do everything full speed, so when game time comes everything will seem to slow down for me so I can do a better job of reading and reacting," Harris professed. Many of Harris' coaches have helped him achieve that goal by pushing him to give more in practice and devising particular drills that will better improve his speed, agility, and vision. Only adding to Harris' poten- tial for a breakout season is Coach Bennett's drive to see Harris get more touchdowns. "I just want to see him get more touchdowns. One thing is, we hope to be a bit more balanced this year so that will help him get in the end zone more often," Bennett said. A healthy Harris will not only improve the offense for Tulare Union, but may provide some identity for the Redskins as they lack experience at the quarterback position. Despite the pressure and praise that comes with being the team leader, Harris said he is glad to have the next two seasons to prepare himself for the next level. HOME GROWN TALENT Four players to watch on Friday nights who might see playing in televised games on Saturdays #4 J.C. Robles QB <> El Diamante High School Senior <> 6'4" <> 200 lbs. I t did not take long for col- leges to take notice of JC Robles. After throwing for 1,623 yards and 16 touch- downs passes for El Dia- mante last season, Robles received an offer from Sacra- mento State to play football for them next season. The Miners' senior quarter- back has verbally committed to Sacramento State but he says if he gets any more offers he will really have to weigh all of his options. But with an offer on the table already, Robles can con- centrate on this upcoming season for the Miners. "I didn't want to go into the season thinking am I going to get the chance to play college football because really that shouldn't be my top worry," said Robles. "It should be focusing on my team right now and hopefully winning a league championship, win- ning a city championship and making a playoff run." When entering high school Robles had set some person- al goals for himself, such as winng a City Championship, winning a Valley Title and playing well enough to get a college offer. Now entering his senior year, Robles can check all three of his list. So what's next for the senior? "Why not win another league championship, why not win another valley championship," smiled Robles. "Us moving up to Division I it is going to be a challenge, there are going to be tougher teams but why not us, why can't we win one. I think we can compete with the best teams in the valley." Robles and his senior classmates are excited and are ready to accept the chal- lenges of being moved up to Division I for the playoffs. Since the class of 2015 stepped foot on the grid iron they have only lost two games in their careers. Ironi- cally both of those losses are from Central. They have also been able to beat some Divi- sion I including Clovis North twice, Frontier and Central their freshman year. "It is exciting times right now and I am just to go out there and hopefully do it again." #6 Romello Harris RB <> Tulare Union High School Junior <> 5'9" <> 180 lbs.

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