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Foothill football: All on display

Six Foothill teams see action at Saugus tourney

Posted: June 17, 2011 10:18 p.m.
Updated: June 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Long Beach Poly defensive back Demauria Stewart, left, tags Saugus wide receiver Zack Garcia during the Saugus Under the Lights Passing Tournament on Friday at Central Park in Saugus.

Some teams view it as a glorified practice.

Others see it as an opportunity to learn how to win.

Either way, the first day of the 2011 Saugus Under the Lights Passing Tournament on Friday was a chance for all six Foothill League football teams to get a glimpse of their skill positions against some of the best talent in the area.

Each team played three games and Golden Valley was the only one to come out of the day 3-0, beating Royal of Simi Valley, Palmdale and Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks.

Valencia won two games and tied another with Westlake, while Hart, West Ranch, Saugus and Canyon all finished the day 2-1.

"You can't simulate that kind of level of competition in practice," said Golden Valley head coach Andy Campbell, whose team moved the ball with ease in a 44-18 win over Notre Dame.

Senior-to-be quarterback Reid Soliman found future seniors Earl Johnson, Isa Bey and Christian Lozano.

Canyon was another team that put its wide receivers on display as quarterback Jonathan Jerozal continued to build his chemistry with new varsity wideout Brendon Stach.

The Cowboys also got strong play from defensive lineman turned linebacker Adam Evans and defensive back Mikey Hager, who made a game-clinching interception in a 20-18 win over Loyola of Los Angeles.

Saugus had to win its last two games to finish the day with a winning record. The Centurions were throttled 44-6 in game 1, struggling to keep up with the tall, speedy wide receivers of Long Beach Poly.

After that, returning quarterback Jared Carbajal, along with wide receiver Curtis Kahovec and newcomer running back Vinnie Gerardo, led the offense to two victories.

"More often than not, whether it's football or life, things aren't going to go your way," said Saugus head coach Jason Bornn. "After we get boat-raced by Poly in the first game, our kids came out and they competed."

Valencia did plenty of rotating and has plenty of competition at various positions.

One apparently stable part of the roster is quarterback Sean Murphy, who played nearly the entirety of the three games.

He went through his progressions well during a 14-10 win over last year's CIF-Southern Section Northern Division runner-up Westlake to begin the day.

Both Hart and West Ranch played earlier in the day, with Hart losing its lone game 16-12 to defending Northern Division champion Oaks Christian of Westlake Village.

West Ranch lost a game 32-0 to Thousand Oaks.




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