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2007 Season Preview

Posted Tuesday, August 28, 2007 by Visalia Times Delta
The players on the Farmersville High School football team find themselves in a very familiar situation.


For the third straight season, the Aztecs enter the season with a new head coach.

But this season is a bit different. Farmersville should have a little bit more stability because of the new playing conditions. The Aztecs will play eight games at home instead of playing all 10 on the road. Farmersville will unveil its new Garry Meek Stadium on Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and several activities throughout the game.
While the stadium was under construction last year, the Aztecs played just one home game last season, but that was held at Farmersville Junior High School. The Aztecs are hoping that eight games on their home field can lead to a few more wins.

Farmersville went 1-9 last season, but the win was a forfeit by Frazier Mountain for using an ineligible player.

First-year coach Doyle Holt brings an extensive college coaching background and says he will field a competitive team.

"I will have the best 11 players on the field on every down," Holt said. "I made a commitment when I was hired to put a good product on the field every Friday."

For Holt and Farmersville, putting the 11 best players on the field on every down means a lot of players will be playing offense and defense.

The Farmersville players recently voted on team captains, and all four players elected are expected to play on both sides of the ball.

Returning starting quarterback Amador Madrigal, one of the senior captains, will be the key to Farmersville's offensive success.
Holt says he expects his team to be in the shotgun 90 percent of the plays, and it will be Madrigal's job to spread the ball around.

"We're going to run plays from the gun, the wishbone and even the West Coast offense," Holt said. "We're going to do a little of everything. I always tell my players 'Formations are cheap and plays are expensive.' "

Senior running back David Mariscal and junior running back Manuel Gomez will spend a lot of time lined up next to Madrigal in a split-back formation.

Mariscal, a team captain, came on late last season, rushing for more than 400 yards in the final three games.

Gomez, who stands at 6-foot-3 and weights 215 pounds, is the only junior elected as a captain, earning a unanimous vote from his teammates.

Both running backs will also spend a lot of time as a slot receiver.

The fourth team captain is senior tight end Chon Martinez. He has played on two Valley championship soccer teams, and Holt hopes he can help bring that winning attitued to the gridiron.

A couple of junior varsity players will make the jump and start at wide receiver. Rigo Ibarra is a junior and Holt says he has excelled in seven-on-seven drills, and David Casas will start at what Holt calls the Z-back position.

Holt hasn't decided on who will make up his entire offensive line, but three positions have been filled. Junior Ernesto Vasquez (5-9, 205) will start at center, junior Jesse Garza (6-0, 220) will start at left guard and Enrique Cervantez (6-1, 250) will start at left tackle.

Martinez will lead the defense. He was an All-East Sierra League performer last season and will start at defensive end. The rest of the line will be played by committe, but senior Art Rodriguez should see a lot of time at defensive end, and Alex Rodriguez will play a lot at tackle. John Estrada, Jesse Garza and Enrique Cervantez are all battling for playing time.
Mariscal, Gomez and Madrigal make up Farmersville's offensive backfield, but it is also very likely that the trio will make up the linebacking crew, asserting Holt's claim that his best athletes will be on the field.

Mariscal will play on the weakside, Gomez will fill the middle and Madrigal will be the strongside linebacker.

Senior Isaac Hernandez is the only returning starter in the defensive backfield. He will be joined at the cornerback position by first-year player Macario Gonzalez, who Holt says is one of the two fastest players on the team.

"Gonzalez went to Redwood and had an outstanding tournament for us," Holt said, referring to the Redwood Passing Tournament in July.

Eddie Iglesias will be a busy player for Farmersville.

He will start at safety, play every special-teams play and even get some carries at running back.

Sophomore Rogelio Ramirez is the fastest player on the team, according to Holt, and he will play one of the safety positions. Sophomore Jorge Valencia and Casas will also see a lot of time at safety.

The reporter can be reached at dmarquez@visalia.gannett.com.

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