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Prep football: Cents keep falling back

Saugus drops fourth straight game of season

Posted: September 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.

WOODLAND HILLS — For every step Saugus took forward, it took a bunch of steps further back.

Early mistakes put the Centurions in a hole and they proceeded to squander the few opportunities they had to get back into the game as Taft of Woodland Hills ran off with a 48-20 win on Friday night at Taft High School.

Saugus (1-4) continues its tailspin with a fourth straight loss and it had to play the majority of the game with third-string quarterback Austin Davenport running the offense after backup Marc Langford went down with a knee injury midway through the second quarter.

Langford started the game in place of starter Chris Hamilton, who missed his second straight game with a concussion.

At one point, fourth-string quarterback Alberto Portillo had to play a snap when Davenport appeared to tweak his knee. Davenport returned and ended up tossing for 202 yards on 11-for-27 passing, including an 80-yard screen pass to Krishan Pierce for a score late in the game when it was already out of hand.

Quarterback issues were just another on the long list of problems for the Centurions, who turned the ball over five times in the game.

The Toreadors (2-3) scored 30 points off Saugus turnovers.

The first ones came less than a minute into the game on Taft’s first offensive play, a 35-yard touchdown run by Forrest Carter.

That play directly followed a Langford interception, his first of two on the day.

“I know how we can not throw interceptions, just don’t throw the ball, but that’s just not our forte,” said Saugus head coach Jason Bornn. “We’re trying to be more balanced this year, and we’re going to take our lumps.”

Saugus eventually scored on a 5-yard Langford run on an option play to make it 10-7 after the first quarter.

Thanks to penalties, botched punts and a pair of fumbles, Taft scored on each of its next five possessions, including three more field goals and two touchdowns to make it a 32-7 game by halftime.

Taft kicker Jordan Dascalo booted five successful field goals in the game by distances of 42, 46, 29, 27 and 34 yards.

Saugus scored again on a 2-yard keeper play by Davenport early in the third quarter right after Saugus recovered a fumble by Taft quarterback Anton Hayward on a botched snap.



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