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Prep football" Saugus' struggles stick

Centurions drop their third consecutive nonleague game

Posted: September 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Saugus' Denley Rodriguez (9) runs back an interception while teammate Miguel Sanchez (46) runs to his side on Friday at College of the Canyons.

 

Missed opportunities and turnovers were the difference for Saugus Friday night against Ventura.

Driving to tie the game or take the lead with less than a minute to play, Austin Gomes dropped a pass from Marc

Langford on fourth down that would have extended the drive for the Centurions.

Instead, Ventura took possession and kneeled out the remaining time to secure a 10-7 victory at College of the Canyons.

Langford filled in for starting quarterback Chris Hamilton, who was sitting out with concussion symptoms.
Ventura (3-1) took the lead with 11:52 to play in the second quarter as Jake Lanski knocked in a 21-yard field goal to make the score 3-0.

On the ensuing Saugus possession, Ventura’s Brice Winans intercepted Langford and returned the ball 30 yards to the Saugus 20-yard line.

Less than two minutes later, the Cougars capitalized on the Saugus miscue as Steven Ledesma connected with

Jordan Garcia for a 7-yard touchdown to make the score 10-0.

The Cougars had a chance to extend the lead before the end of the first half, but Lanski missed a 27-yard field goal as time expired.

Saugus (1-3) threatened to score on its opening possession of the second half, but a fumble by Kevin Lee, recovered by Ventura, cut the drive short.

The Centurions received a spark from their returning Foothill League Lineman of the Year, as Denley Rodriguez intercepted a tipped-pass by Ledesma with 1:56 left in the third.

Rodriguez had sat the previous three games with an ankle injury.

However, following the turnover, Saugus was unable to make Ventura pay.

Winans intercepted Langford for the second time at the Cougar 5-yard line to preserve the 10-0 lead.

The Centurions finally got on the scoreboard with 7:43 left in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Vincent Gerardo.

Gerardo finished the game with 15 carries for 46 yards and a score.

Langford finished his first varsity start going 13-for-23 for 122 yards through the air, along with nine rushes for 64 yards.

Lee was Langford’s main target throughout. He finished with a game-high 10 catches for 78 yards.

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