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Prep football: Day ends a stalemate

Saugus, SCCS tie; both teams to compete in final day of tournament today

Posted: July 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Saugus High's Kevin Lee, center, comes down with a pass against Santa Clarita Christian School defenders Sheppard Smith, left, and Jacob Nogle on Tuesday at COC.

It was a scorching hot day two of the College of the Canyons Passing Tournament on Tuesday that featured Santa Clarita Christian School and Saugus in a local showdown.

The two teams traded scores back and forth all the way up until the final whistle, as the game ended in a 24-24 tie.

SCCS was up one touchdown in the final minutes of the game when Saugus came back on a Chris Hamilton scoring throw on a crossing route to tie the contest with two minutes to play.

It proved to be the final score of the game as the Cardinals’ heaved a couple deep passes down the field with to no avail, as time wound out.

SCCS sophomore-to-be quarterback Jonathan Saavedra was solid throughout, moving the ball down the field and putting his team in positions to succeed.

Saavedra’s favorite target was wide receiver Jacob Nogel, who caught a pair of touchdowns in the corner of the endzone and made some game-changing plays.

“To tie a team like Saugus is a positive, but we had chances to win the game,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss, “defensive breakdowns cost us the game.”

It was an SCCS defensive breakdown that allowed Saugus’ final score as two defenders collided on the play.

Santa Clarita Christian finished the day with two ties, one to Saugus and another to Birmingham by a score of 12-12, while losing to Moorpark by five scores.

The Cardinals are composed of 29 total players and no seniors going into the 2012 season.

“We are young and thin on players and it is exhausting for a team with not a lot of depth,” Moss said.

For the Centurions squad, it was a rough day as they finished with two losses and a tie.

Saugus lost to Birmingham 24-16 and to Moorpark 24-6 before their game with the Cardinals.

Fellow Foothill League teams Valencia and Hart had games the previous day as the Vikings lost to the Indians and finished the day 1-2.

After the first two days of the passing tournament, Hart is the top team on the Foothill pedestal as they won their first three games.

The final day of the tournament is today, and all the teams will be in action.


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