Saugus can’t rally this time
By Dan Agnew
Signal Staff Writer
PASADENA — For the second straight week, Saugus football found itself behind late in the game.
This time around, it didn’t have an answer for the speedy and aggressive style of Muir High of Pasadena.
Despite racking up 18 penalties and throwing an interception, Muir prevailed 27-9 over Saugus on Friday night at Muir High School.
“They were fast, but we were better than them,” said Centurions quarterback Jared Carbajal. “We didn’t play to our potential.”
While the Centurions (1-1) made their fair share of blunders offensively, the defense limited Muir.
With sack yardage factored in, the Mustangs (2-0) gained just 145 yards of total offense. Instead, Muir took advantage of field position and turnovers to do most of its damage.
Between wide receiver Kevon Seymour and running back Tairen Owens returning punts and kickoffs, Muir’s offense seemed to be on Saugus’ side of the field for the majority of the game.
Owens’ 32-yard run in the first quarter set up the Mustangs’ first score of the game, a 3-yard Denzel Talifero touchdown scamper.
After Saugus’ Angie Wiener nailed her first field goal of the season, a 25-yarder, Muir extended its lead to 14-3 when Seymour brought back the ensuing kickoff 77 yards for a score.
“There’s not much else you can do when they’re that fast,” said Saugus head coach Jason Bornn. “They can chase you down from anywhere and they can outrun you, too.”
The speed showed up on defense too, as Saugus struggled to get a consistent running game going with Quentin Hendrix and Tyler Watt the primary ball carriers early on.
Colton Jackson ended up as the leading rusher for the Centurions, gaining 58 yards on three carries, all in the second half.
At the start of the second half, Saugus began to go through the air, but Carbajal threw an interception on the first offensive play of the third quarter.
Owens ran for a 34-yard touchdown on the very next play. He finished with seven carried for 69 yards.
Though Muir head coach Ken Howard admitted it was a sloppy win for the second week in a row, he gave credit where credit was due.
“I harped on special teams last week and they bounced back in a big way,” Howard said. “We were really fast on special teams and flying around all over the place.”
Carbajal scored the only touchdown for the Centurions on a 6-yard keeper with a second left in the third quarter.
“We just beat ourselves,” Carbajal said. “I’m disappointed in myself and that’s all I can say.”