Saugus run past host Buena Bulldogs

Troy Williams has four rushing touchdowns in win

VENTURA — Saugus’ offense is nearly unstoppable when its Big Three gets rolling, as the Centurions piled up nearly 700 yards in their 63-35 win over host Buena High on Friday.

The stats speak for themselves.

Running back Troy Williams had 223 yards and five touchdowns rushing.

Marc Langford had 219 yards and a touchdown receiving, and 99 yards and a touchdown rushing.

Quarterback Chris Hamilton added 277 yards and a touchdown through the air, as well as 70 yards on the ground.

“When you have talented players like (Langford, Williams and Hamilton) it’s our job as coaches to find as many creative ways to get them the football as possible,” said Saugus head coach Jason Bornn. “We want to get them the ball and let them be athletes and do their thing.”

Buena started the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Martin Mijares to Connor MacArthur to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead.

It was all Saugus from that point, however, as the Centurions scored on their next five possessions.

Saugus took its opening possession 80 yards with Troy Williams capping the drive on a 9-yard rush. Chris Hamilton kept the quarterback option to put the Centurions up 8-7.

Then Langford took a sweep 80 yards for Saugus’ second touchdown of the game, and Williams ran in for the 2-point conversion to give the Centurions a 16-7 lead.

Saugus would score two more times, a Hamilton 14-yard rush and a 1-yard Williams run, to push its lead to 28-7 before Buena could score again.

The Centurions took a 36-21 lead into halftime and never looked back.

“We were waiting for this day,” Langford said. “Our line did a great job. It’s all a team effort so when I see how we did tonight, it excites me.”

The second half wasn’t much different from the first.

After a holding penalty brought Saugus back to its own 10-yard line, Hamilton found Langford down the seam for a 90-yard touchdown pass to push the Centurion lead to 43-21.

The individual stats are impressive, but what Bornn and his staff will be happiest with is the offense scoring on nine of its 11 drives.

“We work extremely hard in what we do so we stuck to our game plan and we were able to play well,” Bornn said.

For Buena, running back Josh Cookson had 88 yards and three touchdowns rushing and quarterback Mijares had 252 yards and two touchdowns passing.

“It’s still early in the season and I think we have some good talent on defense, but it’s a little disheartening to see how much yardage we gave up,” said Buena head coach Tim Gutierrez. “We obviously have to work on that for next week but I thought Mijares had a good game and is maturing.”

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