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Season Four For McFarland at TC

Mike McFarland

By Josh Ouellette

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Entering his fourth season as head coach for Temple City, McFarland hasn’t been the most successful in the history of the program.  In fact his overall record isn’t great, in his time the team has gone 10-22, yet have managed to make two playoff appearances.

In 2012 TC shocked the local pundits and made it to the postseason, playing Paraclete in the first round of the CIF playoffs and played Monrovia in the week before at the end of last season, losing 35-14 and 49-7, respectively.

“We played Monrovia and Paraclete in back-to-back fashion. That’s kind of a unique deal to play the two best teams in the division like that. I don’t think our team was very phased about it,” said McFarland. “Part of that was the by product of the process of what we had gone through and were those kids had come from earlier on in the season and the season before that.”

The Rams play in the same league as three-time CIF Champion Monrovia and McFarland sees this as an advantage and not a problem for his team.

“There’s a lot of good that comes from it. You don’t have to look very far to see where the bar is set. I think that it serves as a very good motivating force to have that challenge so close and to know that your going to play them [the Wildcats] and that they’re a league team,” McFarland explained. “I think that’s a good thing. They’re in our league so were going to play them, and they’re the standard right now. We know that were going to have an opportunity to play them, and that’s a positive thing.”

In the last five years TC has gone through many changes in the offense it runs. From Power-I, to a spread formation, back to the an I-formation and then to last years Wing-T style of offense.

Again coach McFarland doesn’t see this as a negative for his Rams, but more so an opportunity to maximize the potential of the players he has on his roster.

“What we do, what I do, is out of necessity. We look at the personnel that we have and we try to highlight what we do well and minimize what we don’t do so well. What the finished product looks like comes with the further evaluation of players,” McFarland said about his offensive approach. “At the starting point there will be some of that [Wing-T style of offense] that will remain with us, but I can’t say definitively what we’ll look like until we get a chance to see our kids in more competitive situations, with pads on and get closer to the finished product.”

With that being said Temple City turned their season around last year after going 0-3 to win four straight thanks to the change in style paying off. From last years team there is much of the “talent” coming back to fill important positions on the depth chart.

“We do have some good players returning. I feel like we have a good set of skill kids returning,” McFarland said. “We just don’t know enough about the rest of the team across the board.”

With a tough non-league schedule the Rams will be tested before they enter into what McFarland calls a “very competitive [Rio Hondo] league.”

The Rams will play Simi-Valley, Arroyo, Alhambra, Eagle Rock and Rosemead in the weeks leading up to league play with Monrovia, San Marino, South Pasadena, La Canada and Blair.

The Rams open the season on Aug. 30 against Simi Valley before playing in the Mid-Valley Classic against Arroyo on Sept. 6.


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Season Four For McFarland at TC