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Tulare CounTy FooTball Preview 41 Tulare Western Mustangs 2016 review In coach Ryan Rocha's view, Tulare Western won a lot of games, but not much else. Ultimately, a 7-3 season gave them a second place finish in the East Yosemite League, outdone only by Tulare Union in the Bell Game, the last game of the season, by a score of 48-27. The Mustangs were saddled once again with a heart- breaking loss when the Bakersfield Christian Eagles racked up the points on their way to a 53-19 Division III Valley Champion- ship. Key loSSeS The 'Stangs are going to miss their dual-threat, high-octane passer in Andre Aguilar who took his performance to its peak in 2016. Aguilar passed for 2,317 yards, 23 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions to come up with a 108.9 quarterback rating. Just to lend credence to his unique athletic ability, Aguilar also broke the 1,000-yard mark for rushing, coming away with 1,009 yards on just 199 carries. But it wasn't just yards he was walking away with, it was also points. Out of his 199 runs in 2016, 14 of them finished in the end zone. 2017 Preview Coach Rocha says that he has a talented yet young team with enough juniors and seniors mixed into each position group to help guide the team in the right direction. And with a home-friendly schedule that welcomes Delano and Porterville to Tulare in their league stretch of games, and has them boarding the bus only three times all season, the Mustangs will get the chance to bring their young teammates up to speed on their own field. PrediCTion Tulare Western did not miss a step from their 2015 performance, and even took a step in 2016. But as Ryan Rocha said to us, they still came up empty handed in terms of a valley championship and a league title. Entering 2017 with the absence of Andre Aguilar, it will be a grind to get back into 2015 EYL title-winning form, and even harder to get back to their valley championship appearance form. We think the WYL champ will be decided in the last game of the season during the Bell Game between Western and Union. GaMe TyPe oPPonenT reSulT SCore Non-League El Diamante Win 28-7 Non-League at Mt. Whitney Win 54-20 Non-League Redwood Loss 27-26 Non-League at South Loss 42-25 Non-League Fresno Win 41-35 League at Delano Win 38-21 League Porterville Win 57-25 League Mission Oak Win 49-0 League Monache Win 48-7 League at Tulare Union Loss 48-27 Playoffs Tehachapi Win 9-7 Playoffs Hanford Win 39-16 Playoffs Bakersfield Christian Loss 53-19 8 Andre Aguilar Key loSS 2016 reSeT 2016 TEAM REVIEW Division III: East Yosemite League 4-1 5-3 second place p o s t s e A s o n : Qualified 2 016 2 015 2 014 9-4 9-4 l 7-4 Tulare weSTern MuSTanGS kEN WEISENBERGER

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