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Page2 Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001 I By Slummon Morrow E or After winning last year's champi- onship, the Portola Tigers are more than ready to defend their title. Ten seniors who are experienced in win- ning return to this year's team, and several talented new players compen- sate well for the five players that gradu- ated. "I think we'll be as strong as last year," said coach Rick Bass. "It's going to be another fun year." Of the 20 play- ers on the team, 14 are seniors. The entire line is returning except for Dan Seller, who's been replaced by a 6-foot, 2-inch, 221-pound junior named Brandon Wood. The average weight of all the linemen is over 200 pounds, and with their speed and experience, they should have no problem punching holes for running back Joe Thomas. Thomas rushed for a team-record 1,583 yards last season and scored 17 touchdowns, averaging 8.3 yards a carry. This year, Thomas is listed at 170 pounds, up eight pounds from last year. "He's gained size, strength and speed this year," said offensive coordinator Ron Jacobson. At quarterback will be Jeremiah Marquette, a senior who has played under Jacobson for the last four years. Marquette started as the JV quarter- back two years ago when Jacobson was coaching JV, and was the second-string quarterback on varsity last year. "ARer four years, Jeremiah knows exactly what I'm thinking," said Jacobson. matured a lot and has turned into a l ader. I look for a lot of good things from him this year." Marquette and backup quarterback Ryan Ward are both proficient at pass- ing the ball. "We should be able to put the ball in the air a little bit more this year and take some pressure off of Joe," said Jacobson. Seniors Aaron Finco and Kurtis Clark will be the primary receivers this season, but also watch for Ricky Garcia, Robert Gearhart, and Ward to run patterns. Garcia, Gearhart and Chris Wirta are seniors that are new to the team who will Fill key specialty positions both offensively and defensively. "I feel we have good depth in our spe- cialty positions," said Bass. "Our team speed is still good. Defensively, we've improved." Going into this season, Portola is ranked No. 1 in Northern Section Division IV. Junior Varsity Unlike the varsity team, Portola's JV A Special Supplement ., created by the staff of FEATHER PUBLISHING CO., INC. Publishers of.. Feather River Bulletin Chester Progressive Indian Valley Record Portola Reporter Michael C. Taborski, Publisher Kevin Mallory, Assistant to the Publisher Debra Coates, Managing Editor Shannon Morrow, Plumas Sports Editor Rob Brockmeyer, Lassen Sports Editor Dave Keller, Staff Writer Sherri McConnell, Advertising Manager Tom Forney, Production Manager Advertising Staff: Alicia Higbee, Rhonda Balkovek, Cart Catron, Chert McIntire, Denise Carpenetti, Michelle Davis Composing Department: Eva Small, Mgr., Carrie Curran, Kelly Barnes, Sunny Meredith Main Office: P.O. Box B, 555 W. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0800 FAX (530) 283-3952 2001 I players lack experience. Twelve of the 18 kids that came out for the team are freshman. "They're pretty young and inexperi- enced," said coach Danny Moore, in his first year with the team. It's strength, however, is that the team has good size. Three players are over 240 pounds and two more are over 200 pounds. Returning sophomore Cody Wilkinson will play quarterback. Other returning players include Adam Photos b' Running back Joe Thoma J and quarterback Marquette (below) Portola's offense this I I Ull I I I Get your car ready for football sea- son weather. Rich's Radiator & Air Conditioning Service 283-3549 21 S. Redberg Ave. Buck (530) 284-7290 A.W. HUDDLESTON License #4329.58 A & B RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL ADDITIONS REMODELS EXCAVATING SEPTIC SYSTEMS DUMP TRUCK . BACKHOE Serving Northern California 5822 N. Valley Rd. Greenville, CA 95947 (530) 2~