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Weston Ranch putting in work despite small summer turnout

The Weston Ranch Cougars enjoyed a great deal of success moving the ball Tuesday during the Stagg High football full-contact camp in Stockton.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin


POSTED July 14, 2012 1:19 a.m.

STOCKTON – Throughout Weston Ranch head coach Mike Hale’s tenure guiding the Cougars, one glaring weakness has always plagued the program: numbers.

That plague continues to haunt the Cougars’ football program, but it has not stopped, slowed, or impeded their effort in trying to mold a squad. They gained valuable experience during a full-contact camp this week at the newly renovated Stagg High football facilities.

Weston Ranch was joined by host Stagg, Chavez, Ripon Christian and Valley Oak League mate Sierra in a five-team, game-scrimmage style camp that the Cougars are using to get acclimated to the long VOL road.

“That is not the reality of our situation,” Cougars head coach Mike Hale said of the growing numbers of other programs. “We have guys that want to come out in the summer time and give it their all and so we have to go with the guys that want to give it their all.

“Our job is to get the guys ready who want to be here.”

The navigation through the rigorous summer months will be weaved differently for the Cougars than most programs. With limited numbers, the likeliness of players playing both sides of the ball are great, making conditioning the most valuable intangible through the summer months.

Weston Ranch will battle three Division-I schools — Franklin, Tokay, Bear Creek — in its non-league schedule. The Cougars undoubtedly will be challenged by sheer numbers, yet that fact raises the value of each and every Cougars’ progress during the summer months.

“We are going to have to play behind each other and pull for one another,” Hale said. “We have to believe that our guy is our everything. Who ever is stepping up, we have to ride their coat tale and understand that every person is big on this team.

“Everybody will be expected to make a contribution, and when we make a contribution we are going to clap that up.”

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