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Centurions drop tight one to Camarillo

Posted: October 4, 2013 11:20 p.m.
Updated: October 4, 2013 11:20 p.m.
Saugus’ late-game drive falls short. Saugus’ late-game drive falls short.
Saugus’ late-game drive falls short.

CAMARILLO — Down by four points with 3:23 remaining in the fourth quarter, Saugus Centurions running back Blake Austin dove over right tackle at the 1-yard line to give his team what appeared to be a game-clinching first-and-goal opportunity against a reeling Camarillo Scorpions football team.  

But on a windy Friday night when offense was in short supply, the Scorpions defense held Saugus just short enough — squashing the Centurions’ desperate comeback bid with a dramatic goal-line stand of their own en route to a 10-8 home victory.

“We jumped at the opportunity to play these guys because we knew that it gave us the chance to play a quality opponent,” said Camarillo head coach Jack Willard. “For the most part, it was just a battle out there.”

After playing to a scoreless standstill in the first quarter, Camarillo (4-1) went into halftime up 3-0 courtesy of a 37-yard field goal by senior place-kicker Justin Donovan.

Because neither team was able to generate much on offense, the contest turned largely into a tug-of-war for field position, with each team’s respective punters seeing plenty of action.

Saugus and Camarillo combined for just 83 yards rushing on Friday, and while Camarillo went up 10-0 in the third quarter on a 20-yard run by junior quarterback Geron Rogers, it capped a drive that began on the Saugus 42-yard line.

Saugus junior quarterback Chris Hamilton brought the Centurions back within striking distance when he found senior receiver Austin Davenport for a 42-yard touchdown to bring the score to 10-6 with 9:21 remaining in the fourth quarter. Hamilton finished 18-of-30 for 164 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

After a defensive stop gave Saugus (3-2) the ball back at its own 17-yard line with 6:20 left to play, the Centurions marched downfield before ultimately failing to punch it in during the game’s final minutes.

After losing two close games on the road during the preseason, Saugus begins play in the competitive Foothill League on Friday against Valencia High. “We always stand to benefit from wins and losses,” said Saugus head coach Jason Bornn. “We have to compete Saturday through Thursday, because we play in one of the toughest leagues out there.”


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