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Prep football: SCCS plagued by turnovers in first game

Two costly miscues put the Cardinals in an early hole

Posted: August 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian’s second season of 11-man football got off to a slow start on Saturday as it fell 28-6 on the road at Capistrano Valley Christian.

The Cardinals found themselves down 7-0 after a quarter, but drove the length of the field, placing the ball inside the Capistrano 10-yard line with a chance to tie in the second quarter.

But quarterback Jonathan Saavedra’s pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown to put SCCS down 14-0.

Bad luck struck again on the next possession, as the Cardinals again drove into the red zone, where a fumble on an option play was picked up by Capistrano and again returned for a touchdown to make it 21-0.

SCCS finally got on the board later in the quarter, as running back Derek Lewis ran for a score.

Lewis finished the game with 12 carries for 43 yards.

Saavedra would throw for 122 yards on 16-of-26 attemps with two interceptions.

The Eagles would add another touchdown before halftime to make the score 28-6.

“For the most part in the second half we played them to a draw,” said SCCS head coach Moss. “We drove the field and couldn’t get any points out of it.”

The Cardinals struggled on the lines, particularly, as the bigger Eagles team made things difficult for Saavedra.

Still, in his first varstiy game Moss said he was pleased with Saavedra’s play.

“Part of  the thing that killed us the most was overall their line was able to cause some problems,” Moss said. “We had our starting right guard out and he also plays inside linebacker. So we had a 130-pound freshman playing right guard.

The Cardinals will try to rebound next week when they face Windward on Saturday at Canyon High at 7 p.m.


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