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Tulare CounTy FooTball Preview 51 Exeter Monarchs 2016 review Last year, the Exeter Monarchs had the right pieces in place to make a run at a Central Sequoia League title. But after winning their first three games, scoring a total of 135 points to 13, the wheels started falling off. Despite their early season success, they dropped four out of five league games, losing all of them by double digits and missed out on the playoffs with a 4-6 record. Key loSSeS If there is one player the Monarchs wish they could have back for 2017, it is quarterback Skylar Miller. In his career, Miller threw for 2,571 yards, completed 183 of 363 passes for a .504 comple- tion percentage and walked off the field his senior year with a 75.2 quarterback rating. His versatility set him apart. Aside from tossing touchdowns, he managed to blow past defenses with his long strides on his way to 518 career yards on 128 carries and 11 touchdowns. Three of which came against Exeter's rival, the Woodlake Tigers, in 2016. 2017 Preview New head coach Keirsten Lamb puts on the headset again after a three-year hiatus from coaching. And while he may want to change back to a run-first culture, not much has changed, especially in terms of schedule. Historically the Monarchs have cut their teeth on smaller, less talented schools just to be disappointed by league competition, and it doesn't seem as if they are breaking away from tradition this year with a slate of games that give them favorable matchups like Lindsay, Woodlake and McLane. However, they are on the road for the first half of the season and the team might gain some valuable experience before CSL games begin. PrediCTion Exeter has a young roster of sophomores and juniors with some seniors sprinkled in at key positions. Compound that with half or more of their games being on the road while their stadium is under construction and a culture change with a new head coach, it is not likely the that Monarchs make a leap into CSL relevance this year. But this season could be a building block to better things in 2018. GaMe TyPe oPPonenT reSulT SCore Non-League Lindsay Win 62-0 Non-League Woodlake Win 32-7 Non-League at McLane Win 41-6 Non-League at Taft Loss 70-35 Non-League Golden West Loss 50-22 League at Kingsburg Loss 35-21 League Immanuel Win 28-6 League at CVC Loss 49-21 League Selma Loss 47-14 League at Dinuba Loss 48-26 3 Skylar Miller Key loSS 2016 reSeT 2016 TEAM REVIEW Division IV: Central Sequoia League 1-4 3-2 fifth place p o S t S e a S o n : did not qualify 2 016 2 015 2 014 4-6 8-4 4-7 exeTer MonarChS pATrICK DILLoN

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