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Tulare CounTy FooTball Preview 65 Woodlake Tigers 2016 review The 2016 Tigers had a turbulent 5-5 regular season that featured big double-digit wins, but also double-digit losses. At the end of the season, the Tigers managed to pull off a postseason berth and win over Fowler 23-12. Their season came to a disappointing end in the CIF Division V quarterfinals on the road against Sierra 42-27. All together, it was a disappointing season when they were poised to compete for the East Sequoia League title after an impressive 2015 season where they won the ESL title. Key loSSeS The team hosts an impressive group of young players this season, but did have to say goodbye to one of their bell cows from 2016, Noe Garcia. In his first three games of his senior season, Garcia slashed defenses for 624 yards and 8 touchdowns on 66 carries. Despite some minor injuries into the season, he played a heavy- handed role in taking his team beyond the regular season. 2017 Preview Midway through June, the Tigers said c'est la vie to their head coach Jose Del Rio and brought in new head coach Jeff Johnson. Johnson is no stranger to football after having been on the coach- ing staff at College of the Sequoias and can likely guide a young Woodlake Tigers team through a mediocre first half of the season where their biggest competition is Exeter. But they open their ESL games against reigning champions Strathmore, then just two weeks later, they play a much improved Lindsay Cardinal squad. Luckily, for a young Tigers team who's going through a coaching change, both of the perennial matchups are at home. PrediCTion The 2016 Tigers underperformed last year with a good quarterback who led them to within a game of the Valley championship in 2015 and and ESL title; and despite a change at head coach, it does not seem likely that the Tigers will usurp the Spartans in 2017. To us, in the ESL, everyone is competing for second place behind Strath- more, and the leading contenders are yet to be seen. Woodlake has a chance to make a splash in the league if Lindsay regresses and the team gels as a unit in the first half of the season. GaMe TyPe oPPonenT reSulT SCore Non-League Orange Cove Win 48-21 Non-League at Exeter Loss 32-7 Non-League at Farmersville Win 47-21 Non-League Orosi Win 41-20 Non-League Sierra Loss 49-21 League at Strathmore Loss 48-14 League Corcoran Win 28-27 League at Lindsay Loss 14-12 League Sierra Pacific Loss 66-24 League Granite Hills Win 14-6 Playoffs at Fowler Win 23-12 Playoffs at Sierra Loss 42-27 3 David Coa deFenSive end 2016 reSeT 2016 TEAM REVIEW Division V: East Sequoia League 2-3 4-3 Fourth place p o s t s e a s o n : QualiFied 2 016 2 015 2 014 6-6 9-3 l 5-6 woodlaKe TiGerS PAuL MyERS

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