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Saugus seeks a Pasadena repeat

Posted: September 11, 2009 3:10 p.m.
Updated: September 11, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The Centurions are looking to duplicate the result of last year’s meeting, when they open their season tonight at 7 p.m.. in Pasadena.

Saugus football hosted the Bulldogs to open last year’s season and then ran roughshod over them in a convincing 52-10 decision.

However, many of the key players from that performance have graduated, and Saugus head coach Jason Bornn knows that if he wants a similar showing when the teams square off, some players will have to step up.

The question is, who will that be?

The Centurions have several players capable of contributing on both sides of the ball, but have a relatively untested quarterback in Zack Gauthier, a first-year starter at running back, and a need to replace a dearth of lost talent at the linebacker spot.

Adding a bit of mystery to the plot line, Saugus’ depth at running back is being tested before the team sees its first snap.

Sophomore Tyler Watt, who earned the starting nod over the summer, was injured in a preseason scrimmage. The speedy back took a hit to his ankle in an unscored matchup with Quartz Hill and is awaiting an MRI to see the extent of the damage.

Bornn said he was confident Watt’s sophomore teammate, Devin Gustaveson, will be able to shoulder the load in his absence.

“(Gustaveson) and Tyler are the only sophomores on the team, and they’re on varsity as 10th-graders for a reason. They’re both very good,” Bornn said.

The Bulldogs offer the first chance to see if Gustaveson can prove his coach right.

Defensively, the teams should have familiarity with each other’s schemes, since Bornn said the Bulldogs run a system nearly identical to his own.

“They run the exact same defense as us. They run a 3-4, they blitz a good dose and they will have some man-zone coverage in there too.”

“(Pasadena) is a very good matchup for us,” Bornn said. “They run out of the I-formation and with some single-back sets.

“They’re definitely going to run the ball. That’s their primary attack,” he added.

There wasn’t much noteworthy material from Pasadena’s offensive performance last week.

In its season opener against Westchester, Pasadena was shut down by the Comets in a 13-0 loss.

Running back Cleo Bates led his team with 35 yards rushing on 12 carries, but his team only finished with 39 yards of total offense.

Some information for this story was taken from the Pasadena Star News.


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