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Saugus football hurt by flags in loss

Saugus commits 11 penalties in second half

Posted: September 6, 2013 11:31 p.m.
Updated: September 6, 2013 11:31 p.m.

SIMI VALLEY — The Saugus Centurions football team was unable to overcome numerous penalties on Friday night at Simi Valley High School, falling 31-28 to a determined Pioneer squad.

Early on, the Centurions controlled the game, keeping the up tempo Simi Valley offense largely in check.

Saugus junior quarterback Chris Hamilton helped them there, throwing two touchdown passes of 25-plus yards in the first half to help the Centurions to a 20-17 halftime lead.

Hamilton finished 20-of-33 for 270 yards and two touchdowns through the air, adding another 25 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

The second half was all Simi Valley though, as the Pioneers offense scored on three consecutive possessions to start.

Pioneers’ junior quarterback Davis Pinkston led the way with 305 yards passing and 47 yards rushing, marching Simi Valley into Centurions’ territory.

Reid Rupe led Saugus for the second week in a row with 129 yards on 30 carries.

Drew Moore led the Pioneers on the ground with 58 yards rushing.

More often than not, Pioneers’ goalline back Don Silecchio would punch it in for a touchdown from there.

The senior finished with three scores on Friday.

The other story of the second half proved to be Saugus penalties, the Centurions offense would see be plays called back on multiple occasions, because of this finding itself on the wrong end of long down and distances.

On defense it was the same story, with a key 30-yard penalty in the third quarter sparking the Pioneers’ second half surge.

Despite a late touchdown to bring the game within a field goal, Simi Valley was able to run out the clock and secure the win.

In the second half, Saugus was flagged for 11 penalties, to just three for Simi Valley.

In the game, the Centurions committed 19 penalties.


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