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2008 Season Preview

Posted Tuesday, September 02, 2008 by Visalia Times Delta

If the Farmersville football team is going to improve on its 2-8 season in 2007, its players will first have to start believing in themselves.

Farmersville coach Doyle Holt, starting his second season as the head coach of the Aztecs, will be the first one to say that the language of football does not roll off the tongues of his players as easily as the sport of soccer — otherwise known as the "other futbol."

The community of Farmersville has traditionally been a soccer town, and Holt is determined to start a tradition of winning football games.

"My football players have been playing soccer since they have been 4 years old, and they have the instincts and confidence in soccer," Holt said. "Football is new to a lot of these kids, but if they are willing to learn, they can have confidence in their football ability as well."

The non-league season of any sport at any level is filled with optimism and enthusiasm. And that is no different at Farmersville.

Holt had his players in several camps and saw a good turnout in the off-season, with many of his players dedicated to lifting weights. The Aztecs even had a full-contact scrimmage against perennial Division 1 power Clovis East.

"Clovis East might have knocked us around a little, but our guys saw that competing with those types of programs will make us better in the long run," said Holt.

Farmersville will be joining the newly formed East Sierra League this fall and will be coming aboard with a young football team that will feature several sophomores playing some key roles.


The Aztecs will be running a spread offense which will see them lining up in the shotgun formation 99 percent of the time.

Losing quarterback Amador Madrigal to graduation leaves a hole at the quarterback spot but look for junior Nolan Rios to step in and take most of the snaps. It could well be a "quarterback-by-committee" position but Rios has performed well in camp.

Senior wide receivers Rigo Ibarra (6-0, 170) and last year all-league Rogelio Ramirez (5-9, 170) to be the main targets via the air. Ramirez played in only seven games last year but had more than 800 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. Ibarra has shown great leadership and experience.

The offensive line will be anchored by senior Manuel Gomez (6-2, 225), who played fullback last year and was an all-league choice at linebacker. Also on the interior will be center Ernesto Vasquez (5-10, 205) and Jose Iglesias (6-0, 235). Sophomore running back Nick Salazar (5-10, 170) has a lot of natural ability and may be a player coming out of the backfield to watch for the Aztecs.


The Farmersville defense has to have an answer to stopping the big play.

"We need to stop the run, have 11 helmets to the ball and need to stop the big plays," Holt said.

The Aztecs defense didn't cause a lot of turnovers last season and Holt expects that to change this year. The answer Holt is looking for may lie in a trio of linebackers in the 4-3 defensive alignment that will be used.

All-league returning linebackers Gomez and Eddie Iglesias (5-10, 200) will lead the charge along with newcomer sophomore Saul Comonfort.

Iglesias provides good size along with some great speed from the linebacking position. The Farmersville defense will utilize its speed and blitz from all angles in an attempt to disrupt the opponents' offense. If the defensive line can create some pressure the Aztecs will be banking on Ibarra and Ramirez to step up from their secondary positions and create some turnovers.


Holt and the Aztecs know that there will need to be lot of improvement to have any type of chance of making a run at the newly formed East Sierra League championship. The team motto of "consistency breeds believability" is all about these players believing in themselves and their coaches. If they can get some consistency in their play, the wins should come.


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