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Prep football: Saugus keeps running

Centurion backs combine for 279 yards, four scores

Posted: September 10, 2010 10:38 p.m.
Updated: September 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Two games into the season, one thing has become clear about the Saugus football team.

The Centurions aren't going to mess around with a lot of passing plays.

Three Saugus runners combined for 279 yards and four rushing touchdowns as the Centurions pounded out a 28-14 victory over Muir of Pasadena on Friday night at College of the Canyons.

Centurions quarterback Jared Carbajal and tailback Michael Visser ran for two touchdowns each.

"We try to play to our advantages and use all of the weapons at our disposal," said Saugus head coach Jason Bornn. "That, to me, is the mark of a diversified offensive unit."

Those weapons didn't waste any time getting started.

The first lead for Saugus (2-0) came just 49 seconds into the game.

Centurion Zack Garcia returned the game-opening kickoff to the Muir 18-yard line, and two plays later, Visser scored the touchdown.

The tailback, who ran for 91 yards on 11 carries, scored on a 20-yard surge through the teeth of the Mustang defense, giving the Centurions a very quick 6-0 advantage.

Saugus runners reaching the end zone became a reoccurring theme.

The tandem of Visser, Carbajal and Aaron Kellogg each did major damage with Carbajal adding 88 yards on 21 carries and Kellogg leading the way with 100 yards on 17 carries.

Muir's first offensive answer came early in the second quarter.

After Saugus' second drive stalled at the Muir 1-yard line, the Mustangs took advantage.

Muir quarterback Jeffrey Davis, who completed 16-of-24 for 273 yards in three quarters before exiting with an injury, took his team on a 99-yard scoring drive. He capped it with an 8-yard scoring run and with a successful 2-point conversion, Muir (1-1) took an 8-6 edge.

Saugus' deficit was short-lived.

Davis was not the only quarterback at Cougar Stadium who knew how to use his legs.

Carbajal, who was just 12 yards shy of his second consecutive 100-yard rushing performance, led Saugus back on its next drive with an 8-yard scoring run of his own.

"I'm happy right now with the way we're competing," Bornn said. "We got behind, and we came right back at them. We got it back and we didn't give it away. That's what I like."

Carbajal was just getting warmed up.

On Saugus' final possession of the opening half, he showed off both his arm and legs.

Carbajal connected with Cody Campbell on a 49-yard bomb to the Muir 4-yard line and then, two plays later, ran for his second touchdown as Saugus took a 22-8 lead into halftime.

He didn't need to throw much, completing 4-of-8 passes for 69 yards through the air.

"He's doing a good job managing the offense," Bornn said. "He does what he's asked to do."

Saugus' fourth rushing touchdown of the night, a 1-yard scoring smash by Visser with just under three minutes left in the third quarter, closed out the scoring for the Centurions.

Muir countered with a 19-yard touchdown strike from Davis to Tairen Owens in the final seconds of the third quarter. Davis was injured on the ensuing 2-point conversion attempt and was taken from the field by an ambulance after apparent breathing difficulties.



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