Saddleback sticks with winning formula


SANTA ANA – Saddleback capitalized on turnovers for the second week in a row, routing Century, 39-0, at Segerstrom High in a nonleague contest Friday night.

The Roadrunners (2-2) recovered four Centurion fumbles and intercepted two passes in the first half, one takeaway short of matching their total from last week (seven).

Saddleback built a 33-0 advantage with 3:50 to go before halftime on Valentine Perea’s 3-yard run (his second score of the night) to conclude a nine-play, 93-yard drive that lasted 2:37. Jonathan De León’s run for the two-point conversion failed.

Perea racked up a game-high 120 yards on 10 carries and scored his first touchdown on a 41-yard rush 2:21 into the second quarter.

De León worked with Jacob Roa on all five of his completions, including two touchdown passes to finish with 61 yards.

The Roadrunners defense provided two of their touchdowns. David Pedroza’s 65-yard interception return increased their lead to 13-0 with 3:19 left in the first. Pedroza intercepted his second pass to set up their fourth TD of the game.

Saddleback’s following score came on Geovanni Estrada’s 21-yard fumble return with 1:42 to play in the first. Estrada ran 17 times for 87 yards.

Century quarterback Fernando Cambray passed for 234 yards, completing 9 of 17 passes with two interceptions. David Blanco ran for 69 yards on two carries.

The Roadrunners have taken four of five meetings against Century dating back to 2012 and have not allowed a Centurion touchdown since 2013.

Century hosts La Quinta in their last nonleague game of the season on Sept. 30 and Saddleback finishes nonleague action against Los Amigos at Garden Grove High School on Sept. 29.

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