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No Rupe, no problem for Saugus

Buena provides few troubles for Saugus in a Centurions’ rout

Posted: September 12, 2013 11:14 p.m.
Updated: September 12, 2013 11:14 p.m.

Saugus High's Chase Madrigal (51), left, and Blake Austin, right, bring down Buena High School quarterback Martin Mijares (13) at Canyon High on Thursday

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Without senior running back Reid Rupe to turn to, Saugus High School junior quarterback Chris Hamilton picked up the slack and then some, throwing for three scores and rushing for another and helping the Centurions completely dismantle Buena of Ventura by a score of 45-7 at Canyon High School.

Bouncing back nicely from a tough loss last week to Simi Valley, the Centurions put together a complete effort, including an exceptional defensive performance, an offensive machine that featured a number of contributors, and nearly flawless special teams play.

Running a hurry-up offense that took its toll as the game went along, Hamilton was the benefactor of a short field for most of the night and took full advantage of it, completing 17 passes for 151 yards and three scores. He also carried the ball out of the read-option nine times for 52 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown trot.

“Coming into this week we knew Reid was pretty banged up and once we found out he wouldn’t be able to play, everyone really turned it on — especially the defense,” Hamilton said.

The defense he spoke of set the tone from the outset and continually pressured Buena quarterback Martin Mijares, eventually knocking him out of the game after the Centurions’ seventh sack of the night, four of which came from the duo of Chase Madrigal and Alberto Portillo.

In eight first-half possessions, the Bulldogs ended up going three-and-out five times and in the three drives they were able to move the chains, two ended in fumbles and the other with a blocked field goal attempt. The only bright spot was junior running back Noah Maritnez, who finished the night with 82 yards on 17 carries and threw a touchdown in garbage time after replacing the injured Mijares under center.

Up 17-0 after the opening half, Hamilton and the Saugus offense put together a nine-play, 77-yard drive and capped it off with a 13-yard touchdown strike to Jared Delger to make it 24-0 just 2:06 in to all but put the game away with the way the defense was playing.

The Saugus running attack also stepped up with Rupe out and a number of players contributed, led by senior Blake Austin, who was playing his first game at the position and looking like a seasoned vet. Austin carried the ball 13 times for 88 yards and a score.



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