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Turlock High Preview

Turlock High Preview

Third year Varsity starters DaShawn Holcombe and Brandon Esquivel lead Tulrock’s defense from the safety position this season while Jacob Rodriguez, Trevor Wheeland, and Jacob Mabie line up in the ...

POSTED September 10, 2012 11:18 a.m.

2011 Record: 3-2 CCC, 7-4 Overall

Head Coach: James Peterson (3rd Year)

Assistants: Blake Amador, Joe Oliveira, Kirk Peterson, Zach Hollis

Top Returners: Sean Downs, DaShawn Holcombe, Brandon Esquivel, Jacob Rodriguez, Trevor Wheeland

Newcomers: Jacob Mabie, Austin Kelting,

This year’s Turlock High squad sits in stark contrast to last season’s team, boasting experience at skill positions and inexperience on the offensive line. Although the offensive line returns only one starter, Head Coach James Peterson considers this to be his sharpest group of players yet. The stage is set for Turlock to make a run for the CCC title, a goal that for some is three years in the making.

Seniors DaShawn Holcombe and Brandon Esquievel, third year Varsity starters, are Coach Peterson’s leaders on the field, lending their rushing abilities from the offensive backfield and a shoulder or two to the defense at the safety position. Last season’s starting quarterback, junior Sean Downs, is also back, fully recovered from the collar bone break that ended his 2011 campaign. He will rely on returner Jacob Rodriguez and the rest of the offensive line to protect him; arguable this season’s greatest responsibility.

Turlock’s defense will be the determining factor this season. With Holcombe and Esquivel patrolling the backside of the field, Rodriguez and sophomore Jacob Mabie will bookend the line at outside linebacker, forcing opposing rushers into the middle to meet the 6”4 senior Trevor Wheeland at nose guard. In order to defeat CCC contenders like Pitman and Buhach Colony High Turlock’s defense will have to be stout and consistent, giving its offense more time to operate on the field.

In the end coach Peterson and his Bulldogs are aiming for another playoff berth but the CCC championship would be nice too. With a stable of experienced players this season may be a rare opportunity for Turlock to not only test the CCC but also put up a post-season fight against the likes of Grant and other Sacramento based schools.

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