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40 Tulare CounTy FooTball Preview 2017 SCHeDule Tulare union Tribe East YOsEMItE LEaGUE PLaY oCTober 5 oCTober 13 oCTober 20 oCTober 27 november 3 Monache Delano Porterville Mission Oak Tulare Western HOME GAME HOME GAME HOME GAME DaTe oPPonenT maSCoT Time Aug 25 At Mt. Whitney Pioneers 7:30 PM sePt 1 el DiAMAnte Miners 7:00 PM sePt 8 reDWooD rAngers 7:30 PM sePt 22 At inDePenDence FAlcons 7:30 PM sePt 29 DinubA eMPerors 7:00 PM oct 5 MonAche MArAuDers 7:15 PM oct 13 DelAno tigers 7:00 PM oct 20 At Porterville PAnthers 7:00 PM oct 27 Mission oAk hAWks 7:00 PM nov 3 At tulAre Western MustAngs 6:30 PM 1 LEaGUE PREDICtION: Season Predictions for the Tribe QuarTerbaCk last season, nathan lamb burst onto the scene for the tulare union tribe as a sophomore. the 6-foot, 4-inch transfer threw for 3,007 yards, 30 touchdowns, and with only seven interceptions, finished the season with a 142.6 quarterback rating. it seems inconceivable that he might be better this year, but his ability to recognize coverages and arm strength to get the ball out to his play-makers has improved. running baCk anD wiDe reCeiver kazmeir Allen embraced the number one tail back role last season rushing for 1,842 yards. his ability to go from stop to full speed in two strides leaves a lot of tacklers playing catch up. but what developed last season was his catching ability, as he hauled in 46 passes for 582 yards and scoring a combined 34 touchdowns. that gives lamb an- other threat besides always passing to wide receiver emoryie edwards who continues to impress with 1,571 yards and 19 touchdowns. oFFenSive line the move of cody Williams from guard to center will be crucial to the tribe. one of the smallest linemen at 5 feet, 10 inches and 225 pounds, his athleti- cism will be used to keep larger defensive linemen away from lamb. Ac- cording to the coaching staff, the unknown is his snapping ability in games. the tribe will return brian Wendt at 6 feet, 3 inches and 290 pounds and Johnathan vasquez at 260 pounds. two spots are vacant along the line. linebaCker Andrew ruelas, a four-year starter, will lead a tribe linebacker core that is as solid as they come. At 5 feet, 10 inches and 195 pounds, he had 132 tackles and two sacks. Flanking ruelas will be blake gomes, who had 55 tackles, and bear nunley, who is coming off a freshman season where he got 42 tackles. their experience with already running an odd front and knowing what to expect from them will hopefully help them make up for some of the slack in the defensive line. CornerbaCk anD SaFeTy Another experienced group for the tribe are their secondary. With the return of randy Jordan Jr. and Xavier hailey, opposing teams may find it difficult to throw deep. hailey will be coming in this season as a true freshman and will be expected to play a big role. According to coach bennett, both players have natural talent. DeFenSive line At the start of the season, the biggest uncertainty for the tribe is their defensive line. they plan on keeping with the odd front that they switched to last season, but as of press time no starters have been named. the plan, according to coach bennett, is for a big nose guard to draw a double-team week after week and have two faster ends. Despite their size, all three are expected to be athletic. Offense Defense Players to Watch Head Coach coDy williamS offensive center eMoryie eDwarDS Wide receiver DArren benneTT 22nD SEASOn overAll recorD 119-55-1 PostseAson recorD 12-11 leAgue titles 12 * vAlley titles 3 ** *1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 **1999, 2000, 2008 ken Weisenberger ken Weisenberger

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