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Indians play Chaminade in CIF Stae Regional Football Championship

Posted: December 8, 2013 6:27 p.m.
Updated: December 8, 2013 6:27 p.m.
The Indians will take on Chaminade this Saturday for a chance to play for a Division II state title. The Indians will take on Chaminade this Saturday for a chance to play for a Division II state title.
The Indians will take on Chaminade this Saturday for a chance to play for a Division II state title.

For the Hart Indians football team, the standard of excellence in 2013 will go beyond beating Valencia for a CIF-Southern Section Northern Division title.

And in the Indians’ case, new objectives begin with familiar faces.

Hart will take on Chaminade in the CIF State Regional Football Championship Bowl game this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at College of the Canyons, a matchup that played out to be a 55-54 overtime thriller earlier this season on Sept. 6.

In that game, Indians’ quarterback Brady White threw for 490 yards and tied the school record for touchdown passes in a single game, with seven.

Hart won after stopping the Eagles on a two point conversion attempt in the first overtime.

Back then, both teams entered play 1-0 and surrounded by hype.

Now both squads are 12-2 and coming off of vengeful wins in their respective CIF divisional title games.

“We learned last week that it’s tough to beat one team twice in the same season,” said Hart head football coach Mike Herrington. “Both teams are on a roll, each team got revenge in the championship game, there are lots of similarities.”

Chaminade reaches the South Division II regional having exacted revenge on a Serra team that had won 36-0 in the two teams’ previous meeting on Oct. 18.

In Friday’s 38-35 win in the CIF-SS Western division game, the Eagles came back from a 35-21 third quarter deficit to pull out the stunner.

They’ll face a Hart team that missed out on a Foothill League title and got back at the Valencia Vikings in the playoffs because of it.

This is Hart’s first ever regional bowl game.

The Indians join Canyon’s 2006 state title team as the only other Foothill League team ever to make it to this stage of the season.

The winner of the South regional will face the winner of the Division II North regional between Manteca (13-1) and Enterprise of Redding (12-0).

Manteca captured the Valley Oak League title before defeating Sacramento 49-6 in the CIF Division III San Joaquin section championship game on Friday.

Enterprise is the only undefeated team in the Division II State Football Championship.

The Hornets won the Eastern league title and beat rival Paradise 40-14 in the CIF Division I Northern section title game.

The time and location of the Division II state championship game between the North and South winners has yet to be announced by the CIF.



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