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2013 South Sequoia League Season Preview

Arvin, Bakersfield Christian, Chavez, Kennedy, Shafter, Taft and Wasco are previewed for the 2013 season.

After sweeping the South Sequoia League last year, on its way to a Division IV Valley Championship, Wasco is still the team to beat for a league title. The Tigers lost a number of players from their massive offensive line, but they are equally as confident in this group of linemen. They also bring back a host of talented skill players, led by junior running back Isaiah Sharp.

Bakersfield Christian is the projected top obstacle in Wasco’s title defense. The Eagles are led by a junior running back of their own in Matt Smith and the defense is led by senior LB Grant Bouma. However Arvin, Shafter, Kennedy, Chavez and Taft will be gunning to knock them off in their hopes of bringing home a league title also.

ARVIN
2012 Record: 7-5 (3-3)

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Key Players:
Jorge Martinez G
Leo Serrato C
Carlos Parra RB
Derek Adams QB
Beto Navarro CB

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BAKERSFIELD CHRISTIAN
2012 Record: 10-3 (5-1)

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Key Players:
Matt Smith RB/LB
Grant Bouma LB/OL
Hayden Kuchta H-Back
Josh Jackson WR
Brandon Jones QB

Notable Stats:
Matt Smith 1,828 rush yds 14 TD; 40 tkls 1 sack
Hayden Kuchta 34 rec 610 yds 7 TD; 493 rush yds 7 TD; 117 tkls 1 int 3 FF
Josh Jackson 48 rec 701 yds 4 TD; 62 tkls 6 int
Grant Bouma 153 tkls 1 sack 1 FF 2 FR
Josh Mantle 61 tkls
Keith Blank 31 tkls 1 int

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CHAVEZ
2012 Record: 5-6 (2-4)

OUTLOOK: Statistically the Titans bring back almost all of their total offense with the return of running back Jose Cervantes. Bryan Dial and Christian Flores will be his primary blockers leading the way for him. Although the Titans need to perform better on both sides of the ball if they’re going to improve on their 5-6 record, the defense especially needs to be step up against the top teams in the league. During a four-game stretch last year against Bakersfield Christian, Wasco, Arvin and Taft, Chavez gave up an average of 45.3 points per game.

Key Players:
Jose Cervantes RB/LB
Bryan Dial OL/DL
Christian Flores OL/DL
Frankie Jocobo WR/DB
Edgar Melgoza RB/LB

Notable Stats:
Jose Cervantes 1,308 rush yds 15 TD 7.2 ypc;

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KENNEDY
2012 Record: 2-9 (0-6)

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Key Players:
Rolando Arrona QB
Carlos Nuno RB
Jaime Ariano RB

Notable Stats:
Rolando Arrona 1,056 pass yds 7 TD; 454 rush yds 1 TD

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SHAFTER
2012 Record: 6-5 (2-4)

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Key Players:
Kyle Millwee QB
Arturo De Los Reyes OL
Greg Richardson OL
Jay Miranda OL
Richard Nourse WR

Notable Stats:
Kyle Millwee 53.3 comp% 1,851 yds 12 TD 6 int; 373 rush yds 5 TD
Richard Nourse 22 rec 302 yds 1 TD
Juan Verdugo 85 tkls 1.5 sacks
Arturo De Los Reyes 38 tkls 3 sacks

TAFT
2012 Record: 4-6 (3-3)

Key Players:
Josh Tiger RB/LB
Zack Brown TE/LB
Eddie Romo RB/DB/KR
Roy Allen OL/DL

OUTLOOK: At times Taft looked pretty good last week, particularly with a 34-14 win at Corcoran, 23-9 win at Arvin and 50-8 win vs. Chavez, but the Wildcats just couldn’t maintain that level of consistency. Taft lost the majority of its statistical gainers from last year, but has a pretty senior-heavy squad with 19 seniors this year. Senior Josh Tiger will be the primary ball carrier for the Wildcats, while Dylan Botts and Matt Osborn are fighting for the starting quarterback duties. Zach Ewing of the Bakersfield Californian reports the Wildcats will go from a pass-heavy offense to a predominantly power running attack.

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WASCO
2012 Record: 13-0 (6-0)

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Key Players:
Isaiah Sharp RB
Casper Lopez RB
Terrance Grinner RB
Jason Dibble LT
Jose Robledo LG

Notable Stats:
Isaiah Sharp 2,317 rush yds 34 TD 14.0 ypc; 8 rec 168 yds 1 TD; 35 tkls 1 sack 1 int
Terrance Grinner 1,410 rush yds 18 TD 12.7 ypc; 10 rec 287 yds 6 TD; 42 tkls 1 sack 2 int 1 FR
Casper Lopez 791 rush yds 9 TD 8.7 ypc; 33 tkls 11 sacks 1 int 2 FF
Jose Robledo 83 tkls 2 sacks 1 int
Kris Aguilar 48 tkls 20.5 sacks 1 int 4 FF 1 FR
ChiCho Martinez 37 tkls 1 int

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