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County/Metro Athletic Conference football preview

2010 playoff divisions: Bullard (I), Edison (I), Madera (II), Memorial (II), Sanger (II), Sunnyside (II)

League favorite: Bullard

League darkhorse: Memorial

Games to watch: Sept. 3, Clovis East at Edison (Sunnyside); Sept. 4, Bullard at Del Oro-Loomis; Sept. 10, Edison at Bakersfield; Sept. 11, Bullard at Valley Christian-San Jose; Sept. 23, Washington at Sunnyside; Sept. 24, Bullard at Clovis East (Lamonica); Sept. 25, Memorial at Garces; Oct. 1, Sanger at Clovis, Madera South at Madera; Oct. 2, Bullard at Clovis West (Veterans); Oct. 8, Reedley at Sanger; Oct. 15, Bullard at Edison (McLane); Oct. 28, Bullard at Sanger.

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year -- Aaron Perez, quarterback, Sanger, 5-11, 190, sr.: Directing the Apaches' combination wing-T and triple-option offense for the third season, he'll see nothing he hasn't seen before. And, at 190 pounds, he's 25 pounds heavier than when it all started.

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year -- Ian Taubler, end, Bullard, 6-4 1/2, 235, jr.: Major-college prospect and one of the most imposing players in the section, he has been offered a scholarship by Fresno State. And Yale would like him to join his older brother, quarterback Kerr, at the Ivy League program. But Cal has the edge at this point, only the Bears haven't decided whether his future position is defensive end or tight end.

Players to watch: Bullard, WR Demetrius Warren, 5-7, 170, jr.; RB/WR/S Chris Tate, 6-0, 185, sr.; G/LB Enrique Solario, 5-10, 210, jr.; WR Jajuan Hammond, 6-3, 175, sr.; WR/CB Jorray Hammond, 5-10, 165, jr.; DE Aarin Smith, 6-0, 205, sr. Edison, QB Khari Magee, 6-3, 200, so.; RB/S Bobby Peele, 5-11, 170, jr.; WR Jeremy Williamson, 6-1, 180, sr.; OT/NG Laqueses Taylor, 6-2, 265, sr.; LB Shaquille Moseley, 6-3, 215, sr.; LB Rolando Jefferson, 6-2, 215, jr.; LB Garrett Kelly, 6-0, 175, jr. Madera, TE/DE Steven Arias, 6-2, 220, jr.; RB/LB Tyler Bates, 6-1, 210, jr.; RB/DE Christian Ramirez, 5-11, 185, jr. Memorial, QB Bryant Cummings, 6-0, 195, sr.; RB/S Chris Brown, 6-0, 190, jr.; OL/DL Robert Garcia, 6-0, 235, jr.; TE/LB Ryan O'Rourke, 6-3, 215, sr.; DE Israel Garcia, 6-0, 215, sr. Sanger, RB/S John Pinedo, 5-10, 180, jr.; OL Jared Shahbazian, 5-11, 245, jr.; OL/DL Hilario Alfaro, 5-8, 215, sr.; LB Buster Villagomez, 5-11, 200, sr.; LB Danny Ayala, 5-9, 190, sr.; DE Matt Martinez, 5-10, 200, sr.; DE Dario Salazar, 5-10, 220, sr. Sunnyside, QB Andy Phimmavong, 5-9, 151, jr.; RB/S Jerrold Tanner, 5-6, 155, sr.; RB/S Cameron Hudson, 5-11, 170, sr.; OL/DL Leonard Safford, 6-4, 230, sr.; OL/LB Anthony Neves, 5-9, 202, sr.; RB/LB Michael Hawkins, 5-8, 200, sr.; WR/CB Patrick Dixon, 5-8, 153, sr.; WR/CB Kevin Robinson, 6-0, 168, sr.

Best barbershop banter: New coach Jim O'Brien could lose as many games in his first season at Edison as he did in his previous four at Fowler (40-8). This would reflect not on his coaching ability but an unforgiving schedule that will pin the young Tigers, who will start 16 underclassmen a year after winning the Division II title, as certain underdogs in their first seven games -- Clovis East, Bakersfield, Merced, Buchanan and Clovis West in nonleague play before Bullard and Sanger to open the CMAC. Then come Sunnyside and Madera, both of which promise to be stoked under new coaches, and Memorial, which returns firepower off a 10-2 team.


2009 FINAL STANDINGS

Overall TRAC

Bullard 13-0 5-0

Edison 10-4 3-2

Sanger 6-6 3-2

*Reedley 7-4 2-3

*Hoover 6-5 2-3

#Clovis North 5-7 0-5

* Moved to North Yosemite League

# Moved to Tri-River Athletic Conference

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