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New look, big plays lift Weston Ranch past Lancers

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New look, big plays lift Weston Ranch past Lancers

East Union wide receiver Ricky Inderbitzin gets wrapped up by Weston Ranch defensive back Anthony Henderson during Friday's Valley Oak League contest at Weston Ranch High.

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POSTED October 10, 2009 2:29 a.m.
WESTON RANCH — The Weston Ranch Cougars rode the wave of several big plays during Friday’s 27-7 homecoming victory over East Union High.

Deon Eley led the way for Weston Ranch in the third quarter. He followed up his electrifying 60-yard punt return for a touchdown with a 98-yard interception for another score.

“He really helped us with his good all-around play,” said Cougar coach Mike Hale.   

In fact, Weston Ranch (1-1 in Valley Oak League, 2-3 overall) relied on a strong supporting cast, with the likes of Chris Contreras and Corey Lee wreaking havoc on defense.

“I have to give Weston Ranch a lot of credit,” Lancer coach Mike James said. “They took it to us, particularly in the second half.”

The Cougars tweaked things up, inserting Embry Allen at quarterback while going with a variety of shuttle passes to move the ball.

In this offense, Angell Mayfield, Weston Ranch’s big-play receiver, had plenty of touches, including 72 yards on 11 catches and a touchdown.

Late in the first quarter, the Cougars came up with the first big play of the game. Contreras blocked a punt and Melvin Allen scooped up the loose ball, racing 39 yards for the score.

East Union got its offense untracked midway through the second quarter. Quarterback Dennis Johnson connected on three big pass plays to Ricky Inderbitzin on the time-consuming 15-play drive, covering 72 yards.

Johnson then found Jared Carden on an 11-yard scoring strike to even up the game. Delon McGuire’s extra point kick provided the Lancers with a 7-6 edge.

The third quarter belonged to Weston Ranch.

The Cougars went ahead on Embry Allen’s 3-yard flip to Mayfield. Allen’s toss to Lee on the conversion made it 14-7.

East Union (0-2) was unable to muster very little on offense, punting the ball away to Eley. The results proved disastrous as Eley broke loose on the touchdown run.

Down 21-7, the Lancers behind the running of Teejay Gordon, who reeled off runs of 11- and 13- yards, marched the ball deep into Weston Ranch territory.

But again the Cougars prevailed, with Eley intercepting a pass at his own 2 and racing 98 yards for the game’s final touchdown.

James, meanwhile, wasn’t caught off guard by the changes Weston Ranch made coming into the VOL contest.

“They moved some guys around but it was still the same team we saw on film,” he said. “But it came down to this: (Weston Ranch) wanted this game.”
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