Centurions run with precision over Agoura
Strong ground game leads Saugus to its second win of the year
The players and the game plan were the same.
But there was one major difference for Saugus football in Friday night’s 35-14 victory over Agoura at College of the Canyons.
“The difference is execution,” said Saugus head coach Jason Bornn of the win, which snapped a three-game losing streak.
The Centurions (2-3) ran their no-huddle, quick-tempo offense with precision as running back David Aubrey piled up a season-high 117 yards on 20 rushes to lead the charge. He scored once on a 2-yard spinning touchdown plunge on his final carry of the night.
And Saugus’ other piece to the option running game was quarterback Louis Eusebi, who ran for 104 yards and two scores of his own.
Even better news for the Centurions as they wrapped up their non-league schedule on Friday and head into a bye week: zero turnovers on the night after coughing up the ball 10 times in the first four games.
“I’d say it’s a game-changer, and this should take us far into league,” said Aubrey of the significance of the win.
Agoura (0-5) didn’t generate much positive movement offensively until late in the game when it was out of hand.
The Chargers managed just 78 offensive yards in the first half, and they scored their only offensive touchdown with 1:06 left in the game.
Saugus grabbed the initial 7-0 lead on a 42-yard Eusebi run late the first quarter, only to see that lead vanish on the ensuing kickoff, which Christian Williams took 93 yards to the house to tie it 7-7.
The Centurions took control from there, scoring two more touchdowns without Agoura even possessing the ball.
Madden Sheaffer ran it in from 4 yards out in the closing seconds of the first quarter, and Saugus Jonathan Cordova recovered a surprise onside kick for the Centurions.
They cashed in on the opportunity when Eusebi capped another impressive drive with his second score of the game.
Saugus led 21-7 at halftime, and it extended the lead to 28-7 on the first drive of the third quarter when Eusebi found Jaime Whisler in the corner of the end zone for a 7-yard pass on fourth-and-goal.
Eusebi had an strong night passing, finishing 17-for-25 with 231 yards and the one score. He returned to the lineup after leaving with an injury early in last week’s loss to Ventura.
Saugus put the nail in the coffin when Aubrey’s touchdown run capped a 99-yard drive, which began after Gary Bojorquez recovered an Agoura fumble.
“It’s always nice when you win your final game before league, and it’s always nice when you win on homecoming night,” Bornn said.