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Saugus football: JV has to call up a few

Low turnout forces Cents to play freshmen

Posted: August 30, 2010 9:56 p.m.
Updated: August 31, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Marcus Garrett doesn’t mind improvising when it comes to his junior varsity squad at Saugus.

Not as many players turned out for this year’s team as the second-year head coach would have liked. His solution was simple: call up a few freshmen.

Garrett brought up a total of five freshmen players, all of whom will either start or see significant playing time this season.

“We bring kids up who are going to play and hopefully be an impact for us,” he said.

One of the starters, freshman Austin Davenport, may even see some playing time at quarterback, though his usual position will be at outside linebacker. He’s one of many players on the team that will likely play both ways this season, yet another side effect of the thin roster.

Of the less than 40 total players turning out for season, sophomore Jordan Glaze got the nod for starting quarterback. He’ll take snaps behind experienced offensive linemen Aaron Ecsidy and Ryan Hartman, both of whom played on the JV team last year as freshmen.

Sophomore running back Vincent Gerrardo rounds out the offense, which Garrett said should be a productive group this year.

“We run a style of offense that allows us to get the ball to a lot of players and move the ball down the field,” he said.

The freshmen players will see most of their action on the defensive side, Garrett added, which should give them good experience against more experienced competition. Both starting groups get plenty of chances to prepare for the next level by going up against Saugus’ varsity scout team in practice.

Before becoming the JV head coach, Garrett spent two years as an assistant for the varsity team. After seeing both sides of it, he likes the fact that the two teams work together in their preparations.

“I think it helps our JV kids see what’s expected of them if and when they become varsity players,” Garrett said. “It gives the varsity guys an opportunity to mentor some younger guys.”

As far as the season goes, Saugus’ approach is to take it one game at a time. At this point, Garrett doesn’t want to start worrying about Foothill league opponents. The focus is on pre-league games for now.

“I think we should play those games first and then see if we’re healthy and go from there,” he said.


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