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STRETCH RUN

Cougars blast Lathrop, looking for strong VOL finish

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STRETCH RUN

Weston Ranch High quarterback James Simerley tries to fight off the Lathrop defense.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED October 17, 2010 2:05 a.m.
The Weston Ranch football program was the toast of the Valley Oak League just five years ago, and now the program is trying to reestablish its identity and the sophomore program is continuing to do its part with a 26-6 win over Lathrop High Friday.

The Cougars shook off the effects of the emotional rollercoaster that homecoming brings, establishing themselves against the Spartans early in the first half. Weston Ranch (2-2 VOL, 4-3 overall) went into halftime clutching a 20-6 lead.

Weston Ranch held firm over the final two quarters, but its performance on a whole left plenty to desire for the head coach.

“It is about “W’s” and I know that, but we are not playing our best football,” Weston Ranch’s Seth Davis said. “With the part of the schedule that is coming up right now, we have to be playing our best football.

“Defensively, we played a shut-down second-half, but our offense has to be able to play four quarters of football.”

Weston Ranch got all the offensive production they would need out of Joseph Gonzales, who broke loose for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Cougars. As rewarding as the victory was, the Cougars know that it only gets tougher Friday when they roll into Oakdale.

“If we stand a chance out in Oakdale,” Davis said. “We are going to have to play four-quarters of football. We have not played a consistent four-quarters of football all year long.

“And that is what we are going to have to put together.”

The Cougars will make the drive to Oakdale Friday to continue their VOL schedule, pulling themselves above .500 in league play with the win.
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