Saugus' Reid Huseman lunges for extra yardage as Bishop Diego's Lucas Dutcher brings him down during the first quarter Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at College of the Canyons. Kevin Karzin/For The Signal

Saugus running back Reid Huseman announces commitment

The Saugus football team had a highly successful campaign in 2018, finishing with an 8-4 overall record, a second-place finish in the Foothill League and won its first-round playoff game.

While football is the ultimate team sport, the Centurions wouldn’t have had nearly the same level of success if it wasn’t for their senior starting running back Reid Huseman, who set the tone early and often in games with his bruising style of running in addition to his superior blocking ability.

Now, Huseman will continue his athletic career at California Lutheran University, announcing his commitment via Twitter on Monday.

“I first came to the conclusion that Cal Lutheran was the place I wanted to continue my academic and athletic career a few months prior to my commitment. Once I stepped on to the campus the first time I was instantly drawn to it and felt at home,” Huseman said. “When I went on my second visit overnight, my decision was pretty much solidified. I met almost the whole team on the overnight and everyone was super friendly and I felt already a part of the team.”

Huseman led the Cents with 674 rushing yards on 156 carries, which was second most in the Foothill League. He added six rushing touchdowns plus 12 receptions for 98 yards.

In addition to having a skilled and experienced offensive line, Huseman’s ability to pound the rock gave quarterback Cole Gallagher plenty of time and room to operate the offense efficiently.

Saugus running back Reid Huseman scores a touchdown as Canyon’s Aydyn Litz (12) and Antonio Amador try to bring him down during the second quarter on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 at College of the Canyons. The touchdown put Saugus ahead 21-0. Keven Karzin/For The Signal

In addition to his skills in the backfield, Huseman was named a team captain before the start of the season. His leadership, desire to get better as a player and grow as a person both on and off the field, are just a few of the reasons why he believes Cal Lutheran is the right fit for him.

“Talking to a few of the offensive coaches was great. We talked about the opportunity that I can have as a running back and fullback in certain situations as well,” Huseman said. “Coach (Ben) McEnroe talked not necessarily about x’s and o’s so much, but really stressed about the quality education I’ll receive and the person I will become at Cal Lutheran, which was great and reassuring to hear.”

The love his Saugus teammates have for him was evident all season, but it’s not just his teammates that commended his decision.

The outpouring support he got from classmates, family and coaches when he announced his commitment was tremendous.

One coach in particular, Saugus running backs coach Pete Van, was ecstatic when Huseman told him the news.

“When I first announced the news I received all kinds of support and love from teammates and anyone who simply knew me, which I am beyond thankful for,” Huseman said. “Coach Van was very happy, and one of the most proud of my commitment.”

While Huseman is ready to hit the field and get to work, he knows the next chapter in his life involves more than just what happens on the gridiron.

Just as important as developing as a player is growing as a person and finding the right path in life. Whether it be playing football beyond college or pursuing a career in criminal justice, Huseman is ready for the next challenge.

“I would say I am most excited about growing not only athletically and as a football player, but also as a person,” he said. “I can’t wait to experience new things, be a part of something great and create memories I will have forever.”

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