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2014 Tulare County Football Preview

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TIGERS Woodlake 2014 SCHEDULE AUG. 28 CVC* 7:15 p.m. SEPT. 05 @Exeter 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 12 @Farmersville 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 19 Parlier 7:15 p.m. SEPT. 26 Orosi 7:15 p.m. OCT. 03 BYE OCT. 10 @Strathmore 7:15 p.m. OCT. 17 Corcoran 7:15 p.m. OCT. 24 @Lindsay 7:15 p.m. OCT. 31 @Sierra Pacific 7:15 p.m. NOV. 07 Granite Hills 7:30 p.m. *= Central Valley Christian East Sequoia 1 League Prediction @Sierra Pacific OCT. 31 @ 7:15 p.m. GRANITE HILLS NOV. 07 @ 7:15 p.m. CORCORAN OCT. 17 @ 7:15 p.m. @Lindsay OCT. 24 @ 7:15 p.m. @Strathmore OCT. 10 @ 7:15 p.m. KEY TIGERS WR Andrew Chavez DL Samuel Palafox Jose Del Rio 2nd season Overall Record 7-4 Postseason Record 0-1 League Titles 0 Valley Titles 0 Head Coach Lack of depth and experience is in question this year for the Tigers in just how far they can go John Kulick 68 • MKP, INC. 2013 REvIEw The 2013 Woodlake Tigers had a great year under first year head coach Jose Del Rio. The Tigers went on to a 7-4 record and a 3-2 league record in East Sequoia League play. Del Rio feels last year's Tigers had a major improve- ment in the weight room and other work outs that happens off the field. Del Rio feels he was able to learn the system and instill a hard work ethic that carried over to the football field. 2014 PREvIEw The Tigers head into this season with one question mark and that question mark is how will their lack of depth come into play? The Tigers have a solid team but if injuries start to occur then things could go downhill quickly for the Tigers. Woodlake will be an excit- ing team to watch this year especially when it comes to East Sequoia League play. Even though the Tigers graduated a couple of key players, there are others ready to step up this year to fill in some holes that were left behind. OffEnSE The offensive is looking to replace Elijah Cunningham in the backfield who last season rushed for 1,200 yards on the season to go with his 19 rush- ing touchdowns. The Tigers believe they have their man in John Kulick. As a junior he was able to rush for 679 yards and averaged 6.53 yards per carry. For an offense that was powered by Cunningham last season, Kulick was still able to carry the ball 104 times. That is 80 less attempts than Cunningham. Quarterback Eric Schwarz will be a very exciting player to watch out for. The junior got called up to varsity from JV after then starting quarterback Cade Headrick went down with an injury. As a sopho- more Schwarz was able to pass for 822 yards and throw for 10 touchdowns. But the strength of this year's offense is going to be the leaders. Del Rio says there are a lot of leaders on the offensive side of the ball. DEfEnSE Coach Del Rio feels the Tigers will be fine at the secondary and defensive line positions but where Del Rio is unsure of is the depth that he will have on defense. Look- ing at this year's defense and comparing them to this year's defense, the Tigers are not only lacking depth but they are also lacking experience. PREDIcTIOn If the Tigers can stay healthy throughout league then Woodlake is the team to beat in East Sequoia League. They have the size to push teams around, but if injuries start to pile up then look for the Tigers to drop in the standing.

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