West Ranch football is approaching tonight’s matchup against Hart the same way every other team in the Foothill League has approached them: with eyes on quarterback JT Shrout.
“He hasn’t been doing as well as I thought he would have this season,” said Ryan Camacho, a Wildcat receiver and cornerback. “Our secondary is looking to take control of the game, capitalize on his mistakes and try to get as many turnovers as possible.”
Camacho himself has four interceptions this season. His brother Jovan, also a corner, has one.
The Camachos have some sticky fingers, and they’ll be put to the test against Shrout. The senior has completed 130 out of 244 passes for 1,760 yards and 14 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. He’s rushed for an additional 177 yards and four scores.
“He just get stronger once he starts making good plays,” said Cats coach Chris Varner. “So the plan is to kind of keep that horse in the barn as long as possible.”
West Ranch’s offense has leaned on LaRon Huff, who has rushed for 627 yards and seven touchdowns on 85 carries. Ryan Camacho is also in the rotation at running back and has ran for 490 yards and four touchdowns.
“We’ve always done that in the tougher games just to kind of spell them a little bit,” Varner said. “So it’s a nice kind of two-punch advantage.”
Weston Eget will be at quarterback after starting the last two games due to an injury to Colton Mitchell.
“Weston is coming along very well, considering that he’s only had really two games as the starter under his belt,” Varner said.
“It’s been our toughest two games so far this season and its school of hard knocks and he’s coming along quite nicely.”
Hart’s run game relies on Ben Rosen, who had his first game with over 100 yards last week against Canyon. He rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns.
If the Indians gel at the right time, they’ll earn their 10th win over the Wildcats. If West Ranch wins, it’ll be only their second victory over Hart.