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Saugus frosh team showing signs of stability

Incoming class of players much more prepared

Posted: August 25, 2013 10:13 p.m.
Updated: August 25, 2013 10:13 p.m.
 

The Saugus football program constantly strives for stability, and that starts at the freshman level.

Don Tabak, entering his second year at the helm of the frosh squad, said he’s already noticed and marked improvement of the incoming class.

“The kids that I have now, they are so ready to run this and they are so much more ahead of last year,” Tabak said.

He explained that the Santa Clarita Spartans youth football program is better preparing kids for the high school level.

It also helps that Tabak will be able to stick around this season after a last-second obligation forced him to step down as freshman head coach just before the start of the 2012 season.

A former freshman football coach, Kevin Miner, stepped in to take over the team.

The coaching turmoil wasn’t easy on the team, which finished 2-8.

But Tabak says this year’s group of 48 players is miles ahead of where his team was this time last year.

He pointed to a few players in particular.

Center Evan Silver will anchor the offensive line while slot receiver Jarrod Tane has the kind of skills that make him a borderline junior varsity player.

Running back Juan Esquivel will also contribute heavily for Saugus with his tough bruising style and ability to run between the tackles.

No starting quarterback has been named yet as Andrew Sanchez and Hayden Zepeda battle for the job.

Regardless of who starts, both players will see action in one way or another, Tabak said.

One interesting development is with 13-year-old Tre Durden, who will play some linebacker and running back for the team.

He’s never played an organized sport before, but Tabak said “you’ll be hearing his name a lot in the next four years,” referring to both his football and basketball skills.

Joining Durden in the linebacking corps will be Daniel Thompson in the middle.

Daniel Gilmartin will play free safety on defense and Andy Lenahan will play both offensive and defensive line.

Another potential standout will be defensive end Jalen Kinney, who Tabak says could play varsity as soon as next year.

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