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JV ’Cats ready to hit

Physicality has been stressed at preseason camp

Posted: August 30, 2009 10:17 p.m.
Updated: August 31, 2009 4:55 a.m.
If West Ranch’s varsity football team is focused on speed in 2009, its junior varsity is locked in on a more physical aspect of the game.

“The one thing we stress day-in, day-out is hitting,” said first-year junior varsity head coach Mike Miller. “We want our guys to be tough out there so that they are geared up for the next level.”

The Wildcats’ physical play will be grounded by it defense, which is led by linebackers Brett Morgan and Jake Miura, while Jake Stone is slated to line up at strong safety.

“In a lot of ways Jake Stone plays more of a hybrid of safety and the linebacker position,” Miller said. “He is all over the field because he sees things so quickly. He is really the brains of our operation. There are many times that he sees something before even the coaches do. Morgan and Miura are more like enforcers out there. We know they are going to bring it strong.”

Quarterback Gabe Peralta returns to run the offense.

All three West Ranch teams will now be running the same system, which Miller believes will help his skill players.

“Peralta is a mobile guy,” Miller said. “That means we have more options as far as what we can do in our system. He also understands the game, and it is a big bonus to have a guy back there that is versatile.”

Miller also believes his team has a shot to achieve several goals, such as a winning season.

“Obviously, when you come into a season, your first goal is to win the league, but we know that we have other things to accomplish too as we build this program,” Miller said. “If we can finish with a winning record then we know that we are headed in the right direction.”


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