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2014 Tulare County Football Preview

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10 • MKP, INC. SAM METCALF IS REWRITTING THE RECORD BOOKS ith so much already accomplished for senior quarterback Sam Metcalf, there is still so much to look forward to. Metcalf who owns two pass- ing records, three East Sierra League titles and one Division VI Valley Title hopes to pick up right where he and his Aztecs teammates left off. "We need to pick up right where we left off last year," said Metcalf. "As far as our offense and our defense we just need to perform like we did in the post season and hopefully we carry that deep into Division V and get another ring." With Farmersville moving up to Division V in the playoffs Met- calf and his teammates are accepting the new challenge that is in front of them. "I think ev- eryone is em- bracing that we are going into Division V," said Metcalf. "We are all anxious to show what we've got and we are pretty confident we can compete in the playoffs and go deep." The Aztecs will look to Metcalf to help make a run for their fifth straight East Sierra League title and their fourth straight appear- ance in the Valley Championship game. As the high school season progresses, Metcalf is hoping to open some eyes at the college level. According to Metcalf, he is not being recruited as of yet, but he hopes to change that by the end of his senior season. He believes the perfect system for him to be successful in would be at Fresno State. Metcalf feels the Bulldogs up tempo offense would make him feel at home and comfortable but if he was to get any offer from his ideal offensive scheme, Metcalf is going to weigh all of his options and wait close to the national signing day to make a decision. If for some reason Metcalf doesn't get any offers to play at the next level he plans on walking on somewhere were he can get an education and move forward into a medical career. With all the attention Metcalf has received in the past with the success he has already had and the attention he is going to get if he performs well this season, he is still a kid and needs to enjoy his final year of high school. Even with Metcalf getting so much local attention, he has surrounded himself with people who will keep him humble. "I have a lot of people around me just keeping me grounded and not letting my head get too big," said Metcalf. The attention started early in his career as he was a highly talented quarterback coming into high school and was pretty much penciled in at the starting varsity quarterback before the first week of practice ended. In his first varsity game his freshman year, the 6'0" 200 pound quarterback made his mark in high school football. The date was September 9, 2011 and Farmersville had trav- eled to Strathmore to open the 2011 high school football season. With 1:30 left to play in the game and the score all tied up at 27 a piece, all eyes turned to freshman quarterback Sam Metcalf to drive the offense 53 yards for the victory. It took Metcalf 1:24 to move the offense to the Spartan one yard line and with six sec- onds left on the clock, Head Coach Jesse Lira sent in sophomore kicker Mario Vazquez to win the game. Vazquez's kick spilt the up rights and the Aztecs went on to win 30-27 over the Strath- more Spartans. Metcalf's 52 yard drive would not have mattered much if not for the previous drives in the fourth quarter. The Aztecs be- gan the fourth quarter down 19-13 when Metcalf went to work on the first come back of his career by calmly moving the offense down the field in two drives that put the Aztecs back in position to win the game. In that game Metcalf threw for 365 yards with three touchdown passes all to Cody Hall who had 194 yards on seven receptions on the night. Elias Bravo of Strathmore was be the first person ever to intercept a Metcalf pass. During Metcalf's freshman season he would pass for a total of 2,921 yards and 22 touchdown passes and lead the Aztecs to their first ever Valley Championship appearance in program history. Even though the Farmersville Aztecs fell to the Mendota Aztecs 41-20, things were looking bright for the young quarter- back heading into his sophomore season. The start of his sophomore season didn't begin the way Metcalf or fans wanted to see. The Aztecs entered the 2012 season with a new head coach as previous head coach Jesse Lira headed just east of Farmersville to take over coaching the Lindsay Cardinals. This job had become vacant after Robert Hurtado stepped down as the Cardinals head coach. With a new coach in place at Farmersville, Metcalf was ready to begin his sophomore season. During the Aztecs first week of practice the Aztecs and Metcalf had a major setback as the sophomore quarterback was hurt and would be out until Octo- ber. With Metcalf sidelined, the Aztecs would go 1-4 heading into East Sierra League play. During that time frame the Aztecs fire power was no where to be found. In the first five games of the season the Aztecs were only able to score 63 points which is an RECORD BREAKER W "We are all anxious to show what we got and we are pretty confident we can compete in the playoffs and go deep."

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