2014 Tulare County Football Preview

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SPARTANS Strathmore 2014 SCHEDULE AUG. 29 BYE SEPT. 05 Kennedy 7:15 p.m. SEPT. 12 @Laton 7:15 p.m. SEPT. 19 @Orosi 7:15 p.m. SEPT. 26 McFarland 7:15 p.m. OCT. 03 @Avenal 7:15 p.m. OCT. 10 Woodlake 7:15 p.m. OCT. 17 Sierra Pacific 7:15 p.m. OCT. 24 @Corcoran 7:15 p.m. OCT. 31 @Granite Hills 7:15 p.m. NOV. 07 Lindsay 7:15 p.m. East Sequoia 3 League Prediction @Granite Hills OCT. 31 @ 7:15 p.m. LINDSAY NOV. 07 @ 7:15 p.m. SIERRA PACIFIC OCT. 17 @ 7:15 p.m. @Corcoran OCT. 24 @ 7:15 p.m. WOODLAKE OCT. 10 @ 7:15 p.m. KEY SPARTANS RB Edwardo Castro RT Ricky Meraz Jeromy Blackwell 14th season Overall Record 84-64 Postseason Record 10-8 League Titles 1* Valley Titles 1** *=2011 **= 2009 Head Coach The Spartans will need this junior class to step up and fill holes if this team is to be successful Carlos Lopez 64 • MKP, INC. 2013 REviEw The 2013 Strathmore Spartans came up just two touchdowns short of reaching their ultimate goal of capturing a Division VI Valley Title as Strathmore fell to Farmersville 47-35. Head Coach Jeromy Blackwell was happy with the way his team hit their stride heading into the playoffs. The Spartans put on a show during the playoffs by beating Tran- quility 30-14 and then Avenal 20-8 in the semi-finals. On the season the Spartans went 7-6 overall and had a 2-3 East Sequoia League record which was good for third place in a tough ESL. 2014 PREviEw Heading into this season the Spartans coaching staff has the task of filling some holes as they graduated 16 players off a 35 man roster. Of that roster, 12 of them were sophomores last year and one freshman. This junior class will be playing some big time foot- ball in Blackwell's eyes. OffENSE The Spartans offense will look to spread the field a little more this year. With return- ing quarterback Carlos Lopez stepping up as the on field general and help lead this team back to the Division VI Valley Title game. Lopez will get help in the backfield from Javier Moreno. This young man is a beast at 5'10" 210 pounds. Moreno not only has size but he also has speed, but do not look for him to run around teams. Moreno plans to run right over anyone that stands in his way all the way to the end zone with his team on his shoulders. No doubt about it, the Spartans offensive will be strong and will be adding another ele- ment to their already good running game. Jose Rodriguez and Daniel Guz- man will look to be the hands that quarterback Car- los Lopez needs to be successful as a passer which the Spar- tans have not really had in the past four years. DEfENSE The defense looks to be reloading this year. Blackwell says he has a bunch of tough kids in the program who just want to hit people. This year's defense will make mistakes because they will be young and eager to hit people as hard as they can. The Spar- tans will run their typical hard nose defensive packages all season long and try to dis- guise which direction the blitz is coming from. PREDiCTiON The East Sequoia League is going to be a tough league, and it all comes down to which teams can stay healthy. Come November 7 the Spar- tans should finish the ESL sitting in third place. Once playoffs roll around look for the Spartans to nab the No. 1 seed and cap- ture the Division VI Valley Championship.

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