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Football under the lights

Local teams do well at Saugus passing tournament

Posted: June 26, 2009 10:50 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Four Foothill League teams participated Friday at Central Park in the Saugus Under the Lights Passing Tournament with a trio winning their first two games.

Saugus began its evening with a 26-20 win over Paso Robles behind four touchdown passes from Zack Gauthier.

“I thought Zack did a really good job,” said Saugus head coach Jason Bornn. “He did well with his reads and turned in an admirable performance.”

The Centurions iced the game with an interception, which is good for two points in seven-on-seven football, shortly before the 45 minute running game clock expired.

“Overall, I thought we did alright for our first game of the year,” said sophomore running back David Gustaveson, who scored a touchdown in the Saugus opener. “There are definitely things we need to work on, but if we can play to our full ability then we will get better.”

Saugus defeated Eagle Ranch 30-14 in its second game.

Valencia also picked up a pair of wins in its first two games of the tournament, defeating Newbury Park 32-20 and San Fernando 44-24.

The Vikings displayed a potent passing offense, but the Valencia defense also showed strength.

“I think we showed that we have a good defense against Newbury Park because they’re a really good team,” said Valencia cornerback Brock Vereen. “We came out fired up, and we need to keep up the pace.”

Canyon also represented the Foothill League well, dropping Atascadero 22-16 and Muir 32-14.

“Our passing game isn’t quite as developed as it has been in the past, but I thought Mark Kirkpatrick did a great job of stepping into the quarterback role,” said Canyon head coach Chris Varner. “As a junior, things can be a bit tougher at this point, but I thought he did an excellent job, and our defense really stepped up.”

Golden Valley, under first-year head coach Andy Campbell, struggled to find its offense early in the evening, falling 16-2 to Palmdale, but the Grizzlies found the endzone against Sylmar on a Jimmy Hughes touchdown pass, losing 18-8.

The Grizzlies played on the field next to Oaks Christian, which features the sons of Will Smith and Joe Montana. Montana was in attendance.

“I think overall we played well,” Campbell said. “This is a new program, and I’m a new coach so I couldn’t be happier with how things are starting to fall into place. Right now we our communicating well, and it’s encouraging to see that when our kids make mistakes they understand how to correct them quickly.”

The passing tournament continues at Central Park today with the championship bracket beginning at 5 p.m.


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