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Turnovers, injuries doom Cougars

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POSTED October 19, 2013 1:12 a.m.

Early turnovers and Sonora’s physical triple-option offense were too much for Weston Ranch to overcome in a 55-16 loss Friday.

Injuries further soured Weston Ranch’s final Valley Oak League visit to Sonora. Head coach Seth Davis said 28 Cougars suited up for the contest and only 16 remained healthy by the end. Running back John McDonald was knocked out of the game and rushed to a hospital after a sustaining a helmet-to-helmet blow. Davis said McDonald fine, but his return for the final three games of the season is questionable.

“It was a rough night in the hills,” Davis said. “But my kids never quit, we were just outmatched physically. Guys stepped in, battled and showed our character.”

The Wildcats (2-2 VOL, 2-5 overall) led 41-0 at halftime, taking advantage of two Weston Ranch turnovers inside their 30. The Cougars ended up with six giveaways, which had been Sonora’s bug-a-boo in its five-game losing streak to start the season.

Quarterback Marcus Moore rushed for 180 yards, threw for 210 and ran in both of Weston Ranch’s touchdowns. Quamante Battle added 70 rushing yards for the Cougars (1-3, 2-5), and Chris Cannady caught six passes for 60 yards.

“It was obviously tough to get some momentum going with the turnovers, and credit to Sonora for capitalizing,” Davis said. “They ran that dive option to perfection and were just more physical than us tonight.”

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