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62 Tulare CounTy FooTball Preview 2017 SCHeDule STraTHmore SParTanS East sEquoia LEaGuE PLaY oCTober 6 oCTober 13 oCTober 20 oCTober 27 november 3 Woodlake Sierra Pacific Corcoran Granite Hills Lindsay HOME GAME HOME GAME DaTe oPPonenT maSCoT Time Aug 25 At FArmersville Aztecs 7:00 pm sept 1 templeton eAgles 7:00 pm sept 15 orosi cArdinAls 7:00 pm sept 22 At orAnge cove titAns 7:30 pm sept 29 AvenAl BuccAneers 7:00 pm oct 6 At WoodlAke tigers 7:15 pm oct 13 At sierrA pAciFic golden BeArs 7:15 pm oct 20 corcorAn pAnthers 7:00 pm oct 27 grAnite hills grizzlies 7:15 pm nov 3 At lindsAy cArdinAls 7:00 pm 1 LEaGuE PREDiCtioN: Season Predictions for the Spartans QuarTerbaCk nick salas is entering his third year on varsity and this 6-foot, 6-inch signal caller is not just handing the ball off as he proved in 2016 when he passed for 1,564 yards and 15 touchdowns. Already having the arm and a knowl- edge of the system, his running ability is where he has improved the most. While there is no talk about changing to an option style attack, defenses better not fall asleep on salas when he tucks the ball and takes off. running baCk anD wiDe reCeiver Joseph garcia returns off a season that saw him rewrite strathmore's record books. the biggest was the single season record with 2,345 yards. Already a physical runner, garcia has been working on his agility to make tacklers miss in the open field. At the wide receiver position the spartans return Andres lara, who caught 29 passes for 594 yards from the tight end spot. oFFenSive line With only Jadon guire and shaylan singh returning along the offensive line, inexperience is the weakest part of the spartans offense. guire, at 6 feet, 1 inch and 235 pounds, is the most athletic lineman. the spartans will be pulling him around the edges as a leading blocker for their run- ning backs. singh will man one of the tackle positions at 250 pounds. the other will be manned by newcomer lucas raya at 270 pounds. linebaCker Without edgar Barajas at middle linebacker, the spartans lose their field general on defense with 47 tackles. replacing him this season will be damian valencia. over the last two seasons valencia's tenacity and ability to find the ball carrier has produced 145 total tackles, of which 129 are solo. there is a battle going on for the two remaining lineback- er spots. While there are multiple players who are qualified, none have separated themselves from the others. CornerbaCk anD SaFeTy three of the four defensive backs for the spartans are returning. the loss of gilbert Acevedo's vision to find the football and aggression to compete with receivers for it will be noticeable. however, the three returners noah Alcantar, Armando rodriguez, and eric Flores have all notched starting roles. Alcantar should be the leader with his physical play leading to 44 total tackles and two interceptions last season. DeFenSive line Jadon guire and lucas raya will be an ever-present nightmare for oppos- ing offenses. guire's athleticism allows him to shed blocks and get into the back field quickly, which led to 56 total tackles as a sophomore last season. raya's size, at 6 feet, 1 inch and 270 pounds, requires a double- team every play. While these two players are the constant, Blackwell says that they have 12 to 13 players who can contribute. Offense Defense Players to Watch Head Coach JAdon guire right guard lucAs raya nose tackle Jeromy blaCkwell 17tH SEASON overAll record 108-77 postseAson record 15-10 leAgue titles 2* vAlley titles 2 † regionAl titles 1 ‡ *2011, 2016 †2009, 2016 ‡2016 pAtrick dillon pAtrick dillon

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