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Tulare CounTy FooTball Preview 71 Orosi Cardinals 2016 review The Orosi Cardinals turned in a .500 regular and East Sequoia League season record at 5-5 and 2-2. Their non-league sched- ule was filled with four games against East Sequoia League opponents, a tough task for this small team of 36 players. Still, they split the games, defeating Granite Hills 25-13 and upsetting Sierra Pacific 35-28. Their biggest win in the ESiL was a 45-8 win over the Laton Mustangs. Key loSSeS Size along the offensive and defensive lines is what the Cardinals are going to miss the most. A total of five lineman all over six feet tall and combined weight over 1,142 pounds graduated last year. The biggest was Ruben Martinez at 6 feet, 3 inches and 275 pounds. Behind him was Miguel Rodriguez at 6 feet, 2 inches and 260 pounds. Martinez and Rodriguez were both listed as tackles on last year's team. 2017 Preview There is a new face at the helm for the Cardinals this season, Ben White. A former head coach of the Exeter Monarchs, White has spent the last three years coaching in the San Francisco Bay Area. With his return to the Central Section, he looks to bring his smash-mouth, pro-style offensive attack to Orosi. A lot of new faces will be on the field as the Cardinals only return a total of 10 starters from a year ago. With so many new faces, Coach White hopes to stay in as many games as possible and maybe get a couple of unexpected wins. PrediCTion The East Sierra League is a shadow of its former self. One of the Cardinals' wins is now gone with the departure of the Laton Mustangs to an eight-man football league. That leaves only McFarland, who the Cardinals defeated last year. With their two quarterbacks returning, the Cardinals have experience at a crucial position. By league time, the Cardinals should be more comfortable with the pro-style offense. Still, they may not have the weapons that title contenders Orange Cove and Farmersville have, forcing them to a middle-of-the-league finish. GaMe TyPe oPPonenT reSulT SCore Non-League at Parlier Win 35-7 Non-League at Granite Hills Win 25-13 Non-League Strathmore Loss 56-13 Non-League at Woodlake Loss 41-20 Non-League Sierra Pacific Win 35-28 League at Farmersville Loss 16-0 League McFarland Win 20-14 League Laton Win 45-8 Non-League Caruthers Loss 35-7 League at Orange Cove Loss 35-26 7 Trey Gonzalez runninG baCK 2016 reSeT 2016 TEAM REVIEW Division VI: East Sierra League 2-2 3-3 Second place p o s T s e a s o n : did not qualify 2 016 2 015 2 014 5-5 2-8 4-7 oroSi CardinalS kEN WEiSENBERGER

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