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2012 Saugus JV preview: Change fits the personnel

Posted: August 23, 2012 10:40 p.m.
Updated: August 23, 2012 10:40 p.m.
 

The changing tide in Saugus’ football program is trickling down.

As the varsity team moves toward a more balanced offensive attack, junior varsity is following suit.

Coming off a solid 7-3 season, the Centurions bring to the table a more athletic and balanced attack than in previous seasons.

“We have a few more weapons this year and will surprise teams with a balanced attack that we have not been known for at Saugus,” said Saugus JV head coach Steve Pearson.

Offensively, the Centurions will be led by quarterback Vinny Martucci and talented running back Troy Williams.

Martucci will bring a balanced attack at quarterback as he has the ability to run and throw, which will allow Saugus to open up the offense.

Williams is expected to be the centerpiece of the offense and the workhorse for the team at running back.

“Williams is an all-around stud who works hard and is a pleasure to coach,” Pearson said, “He has a small frame, but lets his actions do the talking.”

Leading the way for Williams will be big and strong linemen, Tyler Harris and Zach Lutge, who have tremendous upside and will be the anchors on the line, Pearson said.

An out-of-state transfer, Kevin Venger, whom all his teammates have nicknamed “Nebraska,” also figures to play a prominent role at tight end for the Centurions.

The experienced Saugus defense will be led by linebackers Dylan Ayache and Drew Macher.

The coaching staff emphasizes that they will be persistent in teaching their players the complicated varsity offense and getting them ready for the varsity level rather than focusing on wins and losses.

“We will not sacrifice what we do at the varsity level to achieve lower level success,” Pearson said, “We are focused on teaching them the Saugus way.”

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