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Annual Saugus 7-on-7 tournament gets under way Friday

Posted: June 28, 2013 11:13 p.m.
Updated: June 28, 2013 11:13 p.m.

Saugus quarterback Chris Hamilton throws against Eagle Rock High School during the Saugus Under the Lights passing tournament on Friday evening at Saugus High School.

 

It’s starting to get redundant, but through the first day of the Saugus Under the Lights passing tournament, Hart High proved that it is the class of the Santa Clarita Valley seven-on-seven circuit.

However, as the tournament gets into full gear today, things can change in a heartbeat.

And West Ranch could have a say in that.

Hart leaned on the big arm of quarterback Brady White and the receiving trio of Trent Irwin, Wes Fitzpatrick and Connor Wingenroth to put huge numbers on the board.

The Indians scored at least 30 points in each of their contests, including a 60-point outburst against La Serna in a 60-24 win.

West Ranch also had a very good day, finishing with a 2-1 record in maybe the toughest bracket in the pool section.

The Wildcats started the tournament with a narrow 34-30 defeat to perennial powerhouse Westlake.

The team followed up that performance with one of the surprises of the day, a 30-24 win over Notre Dame.

West Ranch and Hart have clinched spots in the winners’ bracket.  

Canyon faced a very tough bracket that featured Alemany and Thousand Oaks, and seemed a little out of sync at the beginning.

Like many teams at the moment, the Cowboys are coming off of a mandatory dead period and needed some time to shake the dust off.

The team seemed to do just that, thoroughly handling Nordhoff High 54-24.

“I thought we got stronger as the night went on,” said Canyon head coach Rich Gutierrez. “Our first day of practice was on Monday so to see the guys get stronger in a very tough bracket I was very happy.”

Golden Valley wrapped up the day with a 1-2 record, defeating a tough Calabasas High team by a 28-26 score.

The Grizzles have an opportunity to play in the winners’ bracket, but it is yet to be seen if they have qualified.

Santa Clarita Christian went 1-2, with its sole win a 32-30 nailbiter against Long Beach Wilson, and sit in the same scenario as Golden Valley as far as bracketing is concerned.

The host Saugus Centurions had the toughest day out of the SCV teams, failing to pick up a win.

Saugus lost 32-14 to Eagle Rock, 22-20 to Atascadero and 32-24 to Burbank.

The tournament will continue today with a consolation bracket at 2 p.m. followed by the winners’ bracket at 4 p.m.

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