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Returning QB, WR key Weston Ranch’s air assault

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Returning QB, WR key Weston Ranch’s air assault

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED August 23, 2012 1:41 a.m.

WESTON RANCH — After guiding the Weston Ranch Cougars to the most wins in head coach Mike Hale’s tenure, Cougars starting quarterback James Simerley is poised to expound on Weston Ranch’s success from a year ago. And he’ll need some help from Kenny Williams to get it done.

Simerley, one of a handful of returning seniors, will be able to turn to his No. 1 target from 2011. Williams will be a part of both offensive and defensive units, but will have to make his most significant contributions from the wide receiver spot.

Williams led the Cougars in yards, receptions and touchdowns a season ago and will need that same type of productivity his senior season.

“This is my school and I want to win here,” Williams said. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of that class that changed the program around; winning some football games and making it to the playoffs.

“Just try and make the school get behind us and help the atmosphere.”

Both players have been a part of the Cougars football program since they were freshmen, yet the impact that the pair is expected to have this season will be new territory. Simerley quarterbacked the majority of the Cougars’ offensive snaps last year, likely sending the athletic signal caller into camp ahead of the curve.

“We have some seniors, and some senior leaders that contributed last year,” Simerley said. “My last season was OK, I threw a couple more picks then I wanted to and cost our team a couple of times, but this year I expect to hold myself to a higher standard.

“I’m expecting to make the plays for us when we need them.”

Simerley was instrumental in nearly everything Weston Ranch created a season ago, throwing for 150 yards a game, to go along with 16 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He put together huge performances in a victory over Tokay and heart-breaking loss to Sonora in which he tossed three scores in each game.

With key target Williams returning at wide receiver and Sean Visperas back at tight end, success will heavily depend on Simerley being able to get his targets involved.

“Our commitment as a team is better than it has been,” Simerley said. “It is a lot better. There are a lot less attitudes and a lot harder workers. That’s probably what I’m most pleased about this year.

“It’s been shocking to see everybody work this hard and working with passion.”

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