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Tulare CounTy FooTball Preview 45 2016 review Head coach Mason Hughes led his team of Cavaliers to the playoffs after finishing off the regular season 4-6 and coming in third in the Central Sequoia League. Once in the post-season, CVC crushed Wash- ington Union 45-17, but turned around and lost to Golden West in the quarterfinals 42-24. But overall, the Cavaliers' season was not a complete let down. In fact, they were four points away from becoming a .500 team when they lost 28-25 on the road against Kingsburg. Key loSSeS The Cavaliers had to say goodbye to some great players from 2016. No loss could be felt more than with the graduation of Connor Paden. The Cavaliers will have to find a runner to make up the 1,449 yards that Paden put up last year along with his 16 touchdowns. A close second would be the guy plowing the way for Paden in Kyle Howard. His 6-foot, 2-inch and 315-pound frame was a dominant force up front and will be difficult to replace. 2017 Preview Coach Hughes feels that he has a lot of good senior leadership, but even that cannot always overcome inexperience. This season, the Cavaliers' "hogs" up front are a little wet behind the ears. In the past, Hughes has challenged his team with tough, yet necessary, competition before going into league games, and this year brings a slate of tough match-ups between Hoover, Bakersfield Christian, an improved Lindsay Cardinals team and Chowchilla, all before facing off against Selma who won the league on the backs of a heavy group of seniors, and Kingsburg who brings a large group of players together every year. PrediCTion Coach Hughes prefers playing the toughest teams first to beat the league teams later. This philosophy has made CVC relevant in league standings for years, and there is no reason to think it won't work this time. We don't expect the Cavaliers to have a second down year where they finish fourth in league. Instead the CSL will likely be decided between the much improved Dinuba Emperors and the Cavaliers. It will likely come down to who can stay healthy through the season. GaMe TyPe oPPonenT reSulT SCore Non-League at Hoover Win 49-26 Non-League at Bakersfield Christian Loss 51-24 Non-League Lindsay Win 31-9 Non-League Chowchilla Loss 42-35 Non-League at Chavez Loss 28-16 League at Selma Loss 28-17 League at Kingsburg Loss 28-25 League Exeter Win 49-21 League Dinuba Loss 38-27 League Immanuel Win 41-34 Playoffs Washington Union Win 45-17 Playoffs at Golden West Loss 42-24 1 JJ Lino quarTerbaCK 2016 reSeT 2016 TEAM REVIEW Division IV: Central Sequoia League 2-3 3-4 Fourth place p o s t s e a s o n : QualiFied 2 016 2 015 2 014 5-7 8-3 l 8-4 CenTral valley ChriSTian Central Valley Christian Cavaliers KEN WEISENBErGEr

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