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Quick recovery for Saugus JV

Despite transfer losses, team is set up to catch opponents off guard

Posted: August 25, 2013 10:12 p.m.
Updated: August 25, 2013 10:12 p.m.
 

Expectations will be presumably low for Saugus junior varsity football this year.

At least that’s based on the performance of last year’s Saugus freshman team, which went 2-8.

But that lack of expectation from the outside is just fine with third-year JV head coach Steve Pearson.

“When we took the team, it was one of those, ‘Wow, we’ve got our work cut out for us,’” Pearson said. “But I’m going to be honest, we found some diamonds in the rough.”a

Many of last year’s freshman team didn’t return as sophomores this season to play on JV due to transfers and kids deciding to focus on other sports.

That being said, Saugus has recovered nicely and taken advantage of the players that did come back.

That includes starting quarterback Louis Eusebi, who was a kicker for the frosh team last season.

He and running back Joseph Rodriguez will lead the offense behind talented linemen Beau Falco, Kerner Mark and center Jonathan Lucero.

Falco also played on the JV team last season and both he and Mark will play both offensive and defensive line.

“Those young men are just leaders on and off the field, so it’s kind of nice to have little coaches on the field with those guys,” Pearson said of the linemen.

As for the pass catchers, there’s Cameron Combs playing in the slot and both Tristan Pearson and Jaime Whisler out wide.

Combs will also play safety on defense.

In front of him and leading the charge on that side of the ball will be David Aubrey, who will play alongside fellow linebacker Austin Giraldo.

At starting cornerback, football first-timer Madden Schaeffer will start.

He’s one of a handful of players who are new to the sport and will try to help this team of 44 sophomores improve upon a 3-7 finish in 2012.

“I’m very proud of these boys this year. They’ve worked their butts off,” Pearson said. “I think they have a lot to prove. I think they come in really under the radar. I don’t really think anybody is going to be looking for this team.”

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