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Prep football: Cents hit the road

Posted: September 15, 2010 10:16 p.m.
Updated: September 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.

The formula has worked so far for Saugus football, so head coach Jason Bornn doesn't plan on changing it.

That formula consists of running the ball, and it has helped Saugus get off to a 2-0 start this season.

Today, the Centurions face Buena of Ventura with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Buena High School.

With the help of running backs Aaron Kellogg and Michael Visser, Saugus has compiled 522 rushing yards in two games, but just 99 yards through the air.

"We're just doing what the defenses dictate," Bornn said. "If the defense is allowing you to run the ball, you run the ball. If they're letting you pass, you pass."

Though less active in the passing game, Saugus quarterback Jared Carbajal is the team's leading rusher with 242 yards on 42 carries. He's thrown for one touchdown and ran for three. His play, along with Kellogg and Visser, provides a three-back system which helps take the place of injured running back Tyler Watt.

"That's just part of our scheme," Bornn said. "We try to spread the ball out so they can't focus on one guy in particular."

Watt, who sprained his knee in preseason, is still day-to-day, Bornn said.

Buena (0-2) lost both of its games by just one score, but will pose a challenge for Saugus' defense.

Kendrick Mathis will be the main threat for the Bulldogs, as he leads the team in rushing and passing yards.

He's 23-for-47 with 316 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions on the season.

"He's as good as anyone we've seen throwing and running, so our focus is going to be on containing him," Bornn said.

Mathis is one of many new starters for the Bulldogs on both sides of the ball.

In all, Buena returns eight starters, with four on each side.

The Centurions will have to stop Mathis and company with the help of defensive lineman Tyler Hartman, who leads the team in tackles and sacks.

"He's just doing everything we're asking him to do," Bornn said. "He's just a force on the defensive line and he has a real knack for getting to the quarterback."

In Saugus' first road game of the season, Bornn said the team will have a difficult task on its hands.

"They're just very good, solid, disciplined kids," he said.



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