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20 Tulare CounTy FooTball Preview 2017 SCHeDule MT wHiTney PioneerS WEST YOSEMITE LEAGUE PLAY SePTeMber 22 oCTober 6 oCTober 13 oCTober 20 oCTober 27 noveMber 3 El Diamante Hanford West Lemoore Hanford Golden West Redwood HOME GAME HOME GAME HOME GAME DaTe oPPonenT MaSCoT TiMe aug 25 TuLaRE uNION TRIBE 7:30 PM SEPT 1 aT TuLaRE WESTERN MuSTaNgS 7:30 PM SEPT 8 SuNNYSIDE WILDCaTS 7:30 PM SEPT 15 aT MISSION OaK HaWKS 7:30 PM SEPT 22 EL DIaMaNTE MINERS 7:30 PM OCT 6 aT HaNFORD WEST HuSKIES 7:30 PM OCT 13 LEMOORE TIgERS 7:30 PM OCT 20 HaNFORD BuLLPuPS 7:30 PM OCT 27 gOLDEN WEST BLaZERS 7:30 PM NOV 3 REDWOOD RaNgERS 7:30 PM * Footnote 5 LEAGUE PREDICTION: Season Predictions for the Pioneers QuarTerbaCk Senior Spencer Tunnell is coming off a season in which he threw for just 247 yards in four games. He has the height (6'1") to see passing lanes clearly, isn't afraid to leave the pocket on broken plays and has added 10 pounds of muscle to his once slight frame. But he will be pushed by the faster, yet less polished passer Jaedyn Pineda. The junior split reps equally with Tunnell in the preseason despite only attempting one pass last season. running baCk anD wiDe reCeiver Zack Reza was an exciting receiver to watch last year, pulling down 25 catches including a 75-yard touchdown in his sophomore season. But he will be known more as a running back by the end of this season. Reza has the potential to be the best running back in Coach Martin's eight years with the Pioneers. He will be spelled by senior Izzy San Miguel. The two should overcome the losses of Jason Rosas and adam De La Torre in the up-tempo, no-huddle Pioneer offense. oFFenSive line No unit was hit harder by the loss of senior leadership than the offen- sive line. gone are tackle Luis aldana and guard Nick Sanchez. The only returning starter is center Chase Carver who will be asked to keep the group of unknowns together. Carver will be joined by Blake Stone who hasn't played since he was injured on junior varsity two years ago. linebaCker The graduation of leading tacklers Jed Whetstone and Bryant Wade has left a huge gap in the guys who fill the gaps. Senior Jacob Ryals and Jaedyn Pineda should step in nicely as last year's third and fourth leading tacklers with a combined 106 tackles in Mt. Whitney's 4-2-5 defense. In all, seven players will be competing for time at the line backer position. CornerbaCk anD SaFeTy Juniors Zack Reza and Michael McKernan return to the corners after excellent years as sophomore starters. McKernan led the secondary with one interception, 5 passes defended and 37 tackles last season. They are both faster and stronger this year and should defend the sidelines well. DeFenSive line The undisputed leader of the defense is junior defensive end John Banks. He plays much larger than his 5-foot, 11-inch and 200-pound frame and has a high motor off the snap. Banks says he enjoys the up tempo practice because they get twice the defensive reps opposite the no-huddle offense. The line will be bolstered by seniors andrew garza and Matthew garcia. garza led the team with 5 sacks and 32 tackles as a junior. Offense Defense Players to Watch Head Coach SPENCER Tunnell Quarterback JOHN bankS Defensive End MaRTY MarTin 8tH SEASON OVERaLL RECORD 45-52 POSTSEaSON RECORD 3-4 LEaguE TITLES 0 VaLLEY TITLES 0 PaTRICK DILLON PaTRICK DILLON

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