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Prep football: Saugus gets back to basics

Posted: September 23, 2010 11:02 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.

It’s back to the basics for Saugus.

Forget gadget plays and the wildcat formation. In today’s 7:30 p.m. matchup against Knight of Palmdale at College of the Canyons, Saugus will simply focus on holding onto the ball.

Saugus had two lost fumbles and two interceptions in last week’s 24-13 loss to Buena of Ventura.

One of the fumbles came 1 yard from the goal line and cost the Centurions a score.

“It was just tough for us to get anything going offensively,” said Saugus head coach Jason Bornn.

On the bright side, Saugus (2-1) quarterback Jared Carbajal threw for a season-high 109 yards on 8-for-15 passing for what is usually a run-first offense.

Bornn said he opened up the passing game more due to man-to-man coverage, but that doesn’t mean he wants to get away from the ground game.

With 650 rush yards split up between Carbajal, Aaron Kellogg and Michael Visser, the Centurions feel confident they can move the ball, even against an athletic defense like Knight.

“Coach Bornn does a very good job getting the matchups,” said Knight head coach Corey Guilfoos. “You can’t get your eyes stuck in the backfield with them because they have a lot going on.”

As for the Saugus defense, the goal is simple — get better at tackling.

Bornn admitted his team’s weakness on defense so far has been mobile and athletic quarterbacks, which also came into play last week.

The Centurions will have another challenge on their hands in today’s game against Knight’s two-quarterback tandem of Robert Serling and Dante Castaneda.

Castaneda took all the snaps and started the first two games, but Serling came into last week’s contest after Castaneda injured his knee and showed he was worthy of more playing time at the position.

“They’re good athletes, and all they have to do is take one jab step left or right and they’ve beat you,” Bornn said.

Defensively, Bornn said the gameplans have been solid, now it’s just a matter of staying disciplined and executing, especially against a young team like Knight.

“We graduated 30 seniors so this is the first time a lot of these kids have played varsity football,” Guilfoos said.

Sitting at 0-2, Guilfoos said it’s been a slow progression getting his players adjusted.

Today’s game will be yet another test.

Coming off their first loss of the season, the Centurions don’t want to look past anybody, and the team is keying in on bouncing back with a victory.

“I think we’ve done a good job of preparation against them,” Bornn said. “I think the kids are ready to play.”


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