As excited as Saugus football was after Matt Ballentine batted down a last second pass to secure a win at Santa Barbara, the fun was short-lived.
“We all knew that we didn’t finish the game the way we should have,” said quarterback Nathan Eldridge, whose team led 25-7 early in the fourth quarter and held on for a 25-21 victory last week.
The Centurions’ motto this week leading up to its game Friday at Camarillo High, then, centers on the word “finish.”
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“The motto this week is finish everything,” said Eldridge, who threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the season opener.
This week, the pressure will be on Saugus’ defense to stop an offense it finds hard to define.
“The biggest challenge is that they haven’t shown a uniform style of offense,” said Saugus running back Quinn Sheaffer. “… They don’t resort to one package or type of play. They throw out a lot of random stuff. It’s hard to get a read on, hard to base a strategy around what they’re doing. It’s unknown what they’re going to do.”
Camarillo is coming off a 35-20 loss to Rio Mesa of Oxnard last week.
In the game, Camarillo sophomore quarterback James McNamara completed 14-of-31 passes for 185 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Senior Kolby Dowling, No. 19, led the way for the Scorpions with four catches for 87 yards. Three Scorpions rushed for at least 34 yards. No one rushed for more than 49.