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10 Tulare CounTy FooTball Preview and took it to the house. Since then, he's been constantly trying to improve his craft and skill at the position while being an example for the rest of the group. Golden west's Josh Summers has laid the hammer down more than a few times on opposing offenses. but the hit that he remembers most was when he was playing outside backer against Kingsburg. notorious for their size, Kingsburg continuously puts out a crop of big players. but if they don't keep their head on a swivel, there is nothing much they can do when a linebacker like Summers bears down on them. For a smart backer like him, he sees the play and anticipates where the ball is go- ing. So when the ball was snapped and he read the quarterback's eyes, Summers knew where to go. "The quarterback was going to throw it and i saw where he was looking to put it and i was right there. i just laid the guy out. it was probably the most memorable big hit that i've had," Summers said. That tackle was one of many in that game at home. He finished off the game with 15 tackles, the most he has had in a single contest with the blazers. Summers' head coach Paul Preheim knows he can rely on his senior linebacker, not just for big hits, but because he has an outstanding work ethic. "Josh [is special because he] has a great motor. weight room, field or classroom, he is always working hard," Preheim said. in fact, it is that hard work that got him in the shape that's allowed him to be so agile at the position. Summers was not always the slender built man in the middle that fans see every Friday night. before his freshman year, Summers was better built as a small lineman than a linebacker, but the summer before he started high school, the Trailblazer star shaped up and made an impact on the football team. Helping him along the way to be one of Tulare County's perennial linebackers were two men, coach art ortiz and fellow middle linebacker bryson Johnson who graduated last year. "bryson really accepted me as his fellow middle linebacker, and he ate up a lot of blocks so that i could get to the runner last year," Summers said. Coach ortiz, was no longer being on the coaching staff in 2016, but had a heavy impact on Josh his sophomore year in 2015. Summers said that he was a coach who brought out the best parts of his potential. They worked on weekends, before and after practices. by the end of Summers' sophomore year, Coach ortiz left the linebacking corps complete. Through his tenure each one of ortiz's linebackers were given a bracelet that said "roll Tide," because ortiz was an alabama football fan. and before leaving, ortiz handed out his last bracelet as a member of the Golden west coaching staff to Summers, and he hasn't taken it off since. "[The linebackers] bonded over Coach ortiz's coaching style and how he included everybody…those bracelets really bonded us together," Summers said. Centering this year's cover photo is Tulare union's man in the middle andrew ruelas. running the show on the defensive side of the ball his senior year, ruelas has a host of accomplishments to attach to his style of play. He led the east yosemite league (eyl) in tackles, was a team captain for the Tribe in 2016, was selected as the league's MvP and made the 940 eSPn all valley all-Start 2016 Football Defensive 1st Team. but despite his laundry list of recognitions and accomplishments, ruelas' most memorable play was not one where he knocked a player

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