Run­ning and pound­ing

West Ranch seeks to build on win to­tal against Thou­sand Oaks

The Signal - - SPORTS - By Ha­ley Sawyer Sig­nal Sports Editor See WILD­CATS, B2

When West Ranch foot­ball took on Thou­sand Oaks last year, the Cats walked away with a vic­tory by two touch­downs.

Wild­cats coach Chris Varner ex­pects it to be just as close this year.

“It was re­ally close last year,” he said. “They’re go­ing to be pre­pared and we’re go­ing to be pre­pared.”

For this week, be­ing pre­pared means en­ter­ing the game ready to play four quar­ters. Last week against St. Genevieve, West Ranch didn’t pick

up its of­fense un­til the sec­ond half, when it scored 27 unan­swered points.

Ryan Ca­ma­cho took over pri­mary rush­ing du­ties with LaRon Huff out for dis­ci­pline rea­sons. With Huff back this week, the Wild­cats have op­tions on the ground.

Both Ryan and Jo­van Ca­ma­cho have had in­creased roles this year af­ter qual­ity fresh­man sea­sons at re­ceiver.

“They did phe­nom­e­nal last year and they’re faster, they’re more ex­pe­ri­enced, they’re tak­ing more of a lead­er­ship role,” said Varner. “They’re a year older so they’re go­ing to be con­stantly im­prov­ing.

Ju­nior re­ceiver Jared Staub has been con­tin­u­ing the de­vel­op­ment that be­gan in his sopho­more cam­paign and com­ple­ments quar­ter­back Colton Mitchell nicely. In two games this sea­son, Staub has three catches for 89 yards and two touch­downs.

“Jared Staub has done well for us at re­ceiver, just con­tin­u­ally see­ing him as a pres­ence for our of­fense and it’s a team ef­fort,” Varner said. “So its just a mat­ter of get­ting the kids work­ing as a unit.”

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