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Cents fall to another tough team

Newbury Park’s rushing attack stymies Saugus

Posted: September 25, 2009 11:55 p.m.
Updated: September 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
NEWBURY PARK — Just three games into the 2009 football season, it is easy to see where the Saugus Centurions attention is focused — the Foothill League season.

After their second loss to a top-10 Northern Division team, this time a 41-21 defeat against Newbury Park Friday, the Centurions (1-2) are taking their lumps early while learning lessons for the future.

“It’s all to get us ready for league play,” said Saugus head coach Jason Bornn. “We play these teams to push us and challenge us. We know that when we hit league we will have played the toughest schedule to prepare us for league play.”

Saugus quarterback Zack Gauthier led the Centurions with 83 rushing yards and 100 passing yards.

Saugus had trouble containing the powerful Panther offense, and in particular star running back Cameron Roberson. Newbury Park’s leading rusher gashed the Saugus defense for 195 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

With the Panthers offensive line opening huge holes and protecting the quarterback, Newbury Park (3-0) scored on its first six drives.

“If you don’t block up front, you can have all the skill guys in the world but they aren’t going to do anything,” said Newbury Park head coach Gary Fabricius. “We’ve got some young players up there but they are getting better blocking everyone. The offense had sputtered early in the preseason, so it was nice to cash some in tonight.”

Down 34-0 midway through the third quarter, Saugus finally got on the scoreboard with a 95-yard kickoff return from Jon Aguirre, his first of the season.

“Every kickoff I hope to return it, so I was just hoping they kicked it to me,” Aguirre said. “It came and it was some great blocking up front.”

Gauthier added two late touchdown runs to set the final score.

With Taft next on the schedule and Crespi the following week, Saugus hopes the lessons continue.

“It is going to be all for naught if we don’t learn from these games for league play,” Aguirre said. “It’s all about getting ready for the Foothill League.”

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