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Centurions have slight edge

Saugus faces tough opponent

Posted: September 25, 2008 4:54 p.m.
Updated: November 27, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 

Saugus (2-0) vs. Alemany (2-0) at COC
Saugus hosts Alemany tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Cougar Stadium on the College of the Canyons campus.

"We're going to run our offense, focus on doing what we do," Saugus head coach Jason Bornn said.

"We're not going to change. We're trying to perfect what we do."

Coming off a 42-40 thriller at Westlake on Friday, Saugus will play another tough opponent in Alemany, a private school from Mission Hills who reached the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Football Tournament last season and beat Roosevelt High of Corona, 21-14, last week.

The Centurions took leads of 27-0 and 42-25 in last week's game, with an 85-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Desi Rodriguez, and TD runs of 78 and 45 yards.

Kollin DePew is another receiving-running weapon, tacking on a 34-yard score.

Alemany is coached by Dean Herrington, the younger brother and former assistant coach of Hart head coach Mike Herrington. Rick Herrington, the longtime former defensive coordinator at Hart, holds the same position at Alemany.

"One thing about him is experience," Bornn said of Rick Herrington. "He's been coaching a long time.

Two, he's very good at what he does. I don't expect anything less than a disciplined defense."

Through two games, Warriors quarterback Patrick McKernan has completed 24-of-30 passes for 388 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Saugus is ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division coaches' poll, while Alemany is No. 2 in the Western Division poll.

Last season, Saugus beat Alemany, 35-7. The Centurions ran for 329 yards and only had 23 passing yards. Zirbel ran for 189 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries.

Camarillo (0-2) vs. Golden Valley (2-1) at Canyon
The intriguing part about this football game is whether the Golden Valley Grizzlies can remain a winning team, something they accomplished last week for the first time in team history.

Golden Valley appears to be able to win its third game in a row without too much trouble, against a Camarillo team that lost 40-7 at Agoura last week.

The Grizzlies pulled out a win in their first road game of the season, a 21-13 victory over Santa Paula.

They came back from a 13-0 deficit right before halftime. Jon Schlegel caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jimmy Hughes. As time ticked down in the first half, Schlegel caught a five-yard TD.

Another top-notch weapon for Golden Valley is Joseph Figueroa at running back and defensive end.

The Camarillo Scorpions defense allowed 302 yards passing in the loss to Agoura and 158 yards rushing.

West Ranch (1-1) vs. Beverly Hills (1-2)
Granted, the team that scored 52 points Friday against West Ranch reached the first round of the CIF-SS Football Tournament and Notre Dame should do fine this season.

But the Wildcats (1-1) are still looking to put up a much better show tonight on defense at Beverly Hills (1-2).

"It's going to be a tough game," West Ranch head coach Mike Kane said. "We have to improve on defense."

The Wildcats have never played the Normans in their varsity football team history.

For the second straight week and for the foreseeable future, there will be replacements at defensive lineman who are out for the season. Spencer Ortega will step in for Hank Lambirth at defensive end.

Caleb Miller will replace Blake Culhane at defensive tackle. Christian Jeung and Joe Barbosa are also in the mix along the line.

Ortega played middle linebacker last season. Jeff Ernst has stepped in at that position this season.

Another injured Wildcat, Zak Snell, will not play this week at wide receiver. Matt Szymanski will replace Snell for now.

Ross Bacon scored all four touchdowns in a 52-28 loss to Notre Dame Academy last week. He rushed for 144 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown.

Quarterback Jake Bernards had a banner day, throwing for three touchdowns on 13-of-19 passing for 176 yards.

Similarly to West Ranch, Beverly Hills plays in the I-formation, putting its receivers in trips and double-formations.

Beverly Hills plays with a 3-4 defense. Sometimes they showcase a 3-5, with man-on-man pass coverage.

BVHS is more of a running team. Running back Kenny Bassett ran the ball 49 times for 265 yards and a touchdown on Friday at home against Santa Barbara. The Normans' quarterback is Dex Lucci.

Hart (1-1) vs. Westlake (1-1)
The Indians will face Westlake tonight in Westlake Village at 7:00 p.m.

After Hart's 16-0 rout of Righetti last Friday night, the team is looking to carry its success on the road.

Westlake is coming off a disappointing 42-40 loss to Saugus last week.

The match-up between the Indians and the Warriors will likely be an offensive battle.

Hart's defensive line will have to hold off quarterback Ben Conlin, who returns to the Warriors line-up after an injury-plagued 2007. Conlin will have second team All-Marmonte League wide receivers James De La Cerna and Steve Hagy to pass to.

Indians starting signal caller Spenser Souza will have to pick up his game in order to keep this Hart squad in line with the Warriors offense.

Souza is 17-for-43 with 174 yards so far this season.

Hart will need another stand-out performance from running back Jake Stephens who was the Indians sole offensive threat last week running 16 times accumulating 153 yards scoring two touchdowns.

Canyon (2-1) vs. Thousand Oaks (2-0)
This time last year the Cowboys were 1-2, this season is a different story.

The Cowboys enter their contest against the Lancers tonight in Thousand Oaks on a two-game win streak.

Behind the canon-like arm of senior quarterback Jordan Adamczyk, Canyon is on track for a successful Foothill League campaign.

But first come the tests.

The Lancers strength lies in the hands of running back John Lister and quarterback Ian Shultis.

Thousand Oaks already had success against another league team, defeating Valencia in its season opener.

Canyon will have to have an equally dominant performance defensively in order to keep pace with the Lancers offense.

Six defensive starters on the Lancers squad could spoil the Cowboys chance at a win.

With Cowboys starting fullback Chris Reed sidelined by injury, it will be up to linebacker Nate Marroquin and safety Parker Sutton to get things done on Canyon's defensive side.

Valencia (1-1) vs. Palmdale (2-0)
Valencia will host Palmdale tonight at 7:00 p.m.

After a 24-0 rout over defending City Section champions Birmingham last Friday, Valencia looks to knock-off another championship team.

Palmdale clinched the Golden League crown last season and finished as runner-up in the Southern Section Western Division.

Falcons leading rusher, running back Marquell Jefferson will go pose a significant threat to the Vikings defense.

It will be up to Brock Vareen in the backfield, lineman Kevin Carrington and the rest of the Valencia defensive corps to hold off Jefferson.

Muir suspects quarterback Dominick Solley will return in this contest after being sidelined by an ankle injury.

With Solley healthy and back to form, he will have to connect with wide receiver Zack Tartabull, who hauled in a 16-yard touchdown last week and running back Jordan Thompson who has rushed for 255 yards on 44 carries so far this season.

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