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60 Tulare CounTy FooTball Preview 2017 SCHeDule linDSay CarDinalS EAST SEQUOIA LEAGUE PLAY oCTober 6 oCTober 13 oCTober 20 oCTober 27 november 3 Sierra Pacific Granite Hills Woodlake Corcoran Strathmore HOME GAME HOME GAME HOME GAME DaTe oPPonenT maSCoT Time Aug 18 ExEtEr MonArchs 7:15 pM Aug 25 At AvEnAl BuccAnEErs 7:15 pM sEpt 8 cEntrAl vAllEy chr. cAvAliErs 7:00 pM sEpt 15 At FArMErsvillE AztEc 7:00 pM sEpt 22 At FowlEr rEdcAts 7:30 pM oct 6 siErrA pAciFic goldEn BEArs 7:15 pM oct 13 grAnitE hills grizzliEs 7:15 pM oct 20 At woodlAkE tigErs 7:15 pM oct 27 At corcorAn pAnthErs 7:00 pM nov 3 strAthMorE spArtAns 7:00 pM 3 LEAGUE PREDICTION: Season Predictions for the Cardinals QuarTerbaCk the new face at quarterback for the cardinals is Ernesto Bastia. this 6-foot, 1-inch and 175-pound player was robbed of valuable playing time after missing last season. But despite that he brings a lot of athleticism to the offense. his speed and agility will allow the cardinals to move the pocket and run more of a read-option style of attack. Also, Bastia's height will help him find the open receiver down field. running baCk anD wiDe reCeiver the backfield is where the cardinals have the most seasoned vets this year with Ethan duran at 5 feet, 7 inches and 155 pounds. duran is no stranger to being the top tail back rushing for 549 yards and nine touchdowns last season. his quick burst of speed at the hole will take a lot of opposing tacklers by surprise. Bastia will have the cardinals' top receiver to throw to this year in Jonathan hadley after his 18 catches for 341 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman. oFFenSive line the cardinals' only returner on the offensive line is Fernando orozco. Brought up last year as a sophomore, this 5-foot, 9-inch and 175-pound right tackle gained a lot of experience from week three through the end of the season. there is a battle going on for the remaining four positions. two players that have drawn a lead from the pack are david Jeminez and Esteban gonzalez. linebaCker with the cardinals switching to an odd front on defense, having strong, quick linebackers are key, like all-Esl first teamer Frankie Martinez. At 5 feet, 6 inches and 150 pounds, Martinez is quick to the point of at- tack. he had 28 tackles and three and a half sacks through five games last year. Joining him will be another senior, lionel Figueroa. At 5 feet, 10 inches and 185 pounds, Figueroa has strength in his ability to shed blockers. CornerbaCk anD SaFeTy the cardinals will have the service of their strong safety Aundrey tapia for two more seasons. As a sophomore, this 5-foot, 9-inch and 146-pound ball hawk had 55 tackles and three pass deflections. while not overly fast, tapia's strength is that he is rarely out of position. that allows him to high point the ball over a lot of receivers. "when it comes to instinctual football, Aundrey is right up there," said Mendonca. DeFenSive line ricardo navarro, nicknamed the "Manimal," will be the one to anchor the defensive line for the cardinals. At 5 feet, 8 inches and 194 pounds, his relentless pursuit to the ball carrier earned him 64 tackles and five sacks as a sophomore. there is also a battle going on for the other two positions, and as of early August, the coaching staff had not named anyone else as possible starters. Offense Defense Players to Watch Head Coach ErnEsto baSTia Quarterback FrAnkiE marTinez Middle linebacker MAtt menDonCa 3rd SEASON ovErAll rEcord 10-12 postsEAson rEcord 0-2 lEAguE titlEs 0 vAllEy titlEs 0 kEn wEisEnBErgEr kEn wEisEnBErgEr

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