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Tulare CounTy FooTball Preview 39 Tulare Union Tribe 2016 review The Tribe finished 11-2 and captured the East Yosemite League title for the second time in three years. Their offensive power was relentless, outscoring their EYL opponents by an average of 27.2 points per game. They scored 55 points in the first round of the D-II playoffs against the Sunnyside Wildcats. If only the offensive side of the ball is considered, then it was a successful season. But, according to head coach Darren Benett, their biggest disap- pointment was that their defense rode a series of good and bad games all season, ending their season when the Tribe gave up 66 points to the Wildcats. Key loSSeS Absent from the Tribe this year will be two key players on the offensive line, Isaak Ramirez at center and Erick Robles at tackle. At 6 feet, 2 inches and 250 pounds, Ramirez commanded the of- fensive line for three straight years. Then, at 6 feet, 3 inches and 285 pounds, Robles was a two-year starter. Together they were part of a unit that led the way for 5,500 yards of rushing offense for the Tribe over the last two seasons. 2017 Preview All of the Tribe's offensive firepower is back. At quarterback, they have Nathan Lamb who passed for 3,007 yards and 30 touchdowns and, by season's end, he had a 142.6 quarterback rating. In the backfield, they return the best athlete in Tulare County in Kazmeir Allen, who rushed for 1,842 yards and 27 total touchdowns. At wide receiver they return Emoryie Edwards who led the Tribe with 19 touchdowns and 1,571 yards. With this much firepower, the Tribe could score over 50 points a game. PrediCTion With the Tribe returning so much offensive firepower this season, it seems inconceivable that another East Yosemite League team is going to challenge them for the title. The Tribe's closest competitor, the Tulare Western Mustangs, graduated their star quarterback Andre Aguilar. It looks like the rest of the EYL will be playing for second as the Tribe earns another undefeated league title. GaMe TyPe oPPonenT reSulT SCore Non-League Mt. Whitney Win 35-7 Non-League El Diamante Win 42-7 Non-League at Redwood Loss 46-35 Non-League Independence Win 54-7 Non-League at Dinuba Win 30-24 League at Monache Win 62-35 League at Delano Win 42-35 League Porterville Win 50-7 League Mission Oak Win 56-18 League Tulare Union Win 48-27 Playoffs Sunnyside Loss 66-55 12 Nathan Lamb QuarTerbaCK 2016 reSeT 2016 TEAM REVIEW Division II: East Yosemite League 5-0 4-2 First place p o s t s e a s o N : QualiFied 2 016 2 015 2 014 9-2 l 9-2 7-5 l Tulare union Tribe KEN WEISENBERgER

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