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Saugus almost beats itself

Centurions survive after a sloppy first half

Posted: September 12, 2009 12:00 a.m.
Updated: September 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.

PASADENA — The Saugus Centurions may not have found the all the answers in a 17-7 win at Pasadena, but at least they passed their first test.

Saugus looked sloppy for the first 24 minutes, and Pasadena didn’t look much better.

“We turned the ball over way too many times,” said Saugus head coach Jason Bornn. “I think a combination of first-game jitters and we had some young guys playing in some new positions. We were just real nervous.”

In the first half, both teams combined for 12 penalties that easily cost 150 yards of progress, and Saugus survived three turnovers to take an 11-7 lead into the half.

Saugus put the first points on the board with a 32-yard field goal from Manny Padron to give the team a 3-0 lead.

After both teams struggled to move the ball, Pasadena was able to take advantage of a Saugus turnover, and backup quarterback Aaron Simpson ran a bootleg from nine yards out to give the Bulldogs a 7-3 lead after the extra point.

“(Turnovers) will come back to haunt us against some of the opponents we’re going to be playing against in the next couple of weeks,” Bornn said.

Pasadena looked as though it was threatening to score again before Padron came up big.

He intercepted a pass with less than two minutes remaining in the half on the 1-yard line, giving Saugus a chance to score before the half.

Padron had receptions of 50 and 33 yards to help the Centurions drive 99 yards, and his 33-yard catch went for a touchdown.

Devin Gustaveson punched in the two-point conversion with 29 seconds left in the second quarter to give Saugus the 11-7 lead.

Gustaveson finished with 50 yards on 14 carries but also had three fumbles.

Saugus senior quarterback Zack Gauthier struggled in the first half as well but delivered when needed, completing 12-of-21 passes for 163 yards on the night.

Bornn said he was also happy with the team’s defensive effort, which was anchored by Padron’s play at defensive back.

Padron’s second interception of the night set up the team’s third and final score, a two-yard run by Tyler Hartman to make the score 17-7.


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