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2012 Saugus Frosh preview: It's all got to start from the ground up

Posted: August 23, 2012 10:41 p.m.
Updated: August 23, 2012 10:41 p.m.

The latest crop of freshman football players at Saugus High School will have to learn the game from square one.

The Centurions come in with extreme inexperience as 38 of the 60 kids on the team have never played organized football before.

Despite this lack of experience, Saugus looks to use its aggressive play and desire in order to compete with the Foothill League teams.

The scrappy defense will be counted on to cause turnovers and allow the offense to take its course.

“These kids are attentive, want to learn and give it all they can. (They are) the core we can work with,” said freshman head coach Don Tabak. “The future is very bright as the players learn the nuances of the game and the mentality it takes to play football.”

Saugus will have a pair of quarterbacks, Matt Henderson and Ryan Burleson, fighting for the starting job come fall.

Both quarterbacks have never played the position in their life and bring different skills to the table.

Henderson has a stronger arm, but Burleson is a better ball handler and might be able to carry out the offense more.

For many of the Centurions, the opening scrimmage against Notre Dame will be an eye opener as they see what it takes to go out there and compete with the pads on for the first time.

“The players’ minds will be racing in their first game. It’s the beauty of freshman football,” Tabak said. “It is pure football.”

There are a couple key players that may play a vital role in the Centurion attack this season.

Free safety and slot receiver Jonathan Cordova, along with running back and defensive back Mike Cepedes figure to play important roles on both sides of the ball.

Linebacker David Aubrey also will help lead the defense with his tackling skills and intensity.

“The theme of this team is to strive to improve every day,” Tabak said, “The ultimate goal is to get these kids not only ready for the varsity level, but in life too.”


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