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Names on JV sound familiar

Roster packed with brothers of Saugus stars

Posted: August 31, 2009 10:59 p.m.
Updated: September 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
There are not that many kids on the Saugus junior varsity football team, but most of them have familiar names.

Some of the key components of the Centurions have older siblings who helped pave the way for them.

Names like McKillop, Rodriguez and Visser — all are current JV guys whose brothers have played varsity football for the Centurions.

Though those players could be important to the team, something else is a little more important.

“We have to be healthy,” said JV head coach Marcus Garrett. “I don’t know if we can afford to lose anybody.”

There are 28 players on the Saugus JV team, which brings up depth issues and makes practices more challenging.

But the roster has a solid group of athletes who are on the doorstep of the varsity.

Two familiar names man the quarterback and running back positions.

P.J. McKillop, the younger brother of former four-year varsity linebackers Ryan and Justin McKillop, is expected to play safety and quarterback for the JV squad.

Michael Visser, the younger brother of current varsity linebacker Kyle Visser, could be a special back, Garrett said, because of his leadership abilities.

Visser, Garrett said, is close to being varsity ready.

Denley Rodriguez, a freshman and the younger brother of former Saugus quarterback and 2008 Foothill League and All-Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year Desi Rodriguez, will play linebacker for the Centurions.

Wide receiver/safety Curtis Kahovec, who has done well this summer, is the younger brother of former Saugus athlete Taccoa Kahovec.
There are others, though, that Garrett said will contribute to the 2009 JV team.

Justin Rongstad and Tom Loring are aggressive players on the defensive line and Jared Carbajal could wind up playing multiple positions.

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