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Hart rises above the expectations

Indians go 2-0 in their own tourney; Golden Valley has up-and-down day

Posted: July 10, 2009 9:55 p.m.
Updated: July 11, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Two local teams advanced to the semifinals of the Hart Passing Tournament Friday at Hart High, however, only one took the field during the championship round.

Due to Granada Hills’ no-show, Hart, which finished the day undefeated, chose to remove itself from the semifinals of its own tournament, moving Golden Valley into position to play St. Francis of La Canada.

The Knights proved to be too much for the Grizzlies, who fell 34-2 in their final game of the tournament.

Dylan Olson provided the Grizzlies their lone points off an interception. Olson, along with sophomore Earl Johnson, consistently made big plays on defense.

Teams received two points for an interceptions and six points for a touchdown.

It was the offensive side of the ball that had first-year head coach Andy Campbell scratching his head.

“We are still looking for that guy on offense, that guy to step up and make plays,” he said.

Hart also had a shot at St. Francis in the two teams’ opening game of the day.

The Indians cruised to a 26-12 victory thanks to the sharp play of senior quarterback C.J. Reyes.

“It has been a good, successful summer,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington. “We have played much better than expected. C.J. at quarterback has done a good job and played much higher than my expectations.”

Reyes fed the ball through the seams of the defense, not just against the Knights, but also during the Indians’ 26-6 rout of Cleveland of Reseda.

As a microcosm of the contest, after Hart’s Steven Fleming intercepted a Cavalier pass in the end zone, Reyes connected with his receivers on three consecutive plays, culminating in a Ty MacArthur touchdown.

“Our offense was clicking on all cylinders,” Herrington said.

Following a 6-0 loss to Lancaster and a 22-0 loss to Alemany of Mission Hills, Golden Valley found its offensive groove against Glendale.

Highlighted by Grizzlies wide receiver Corey Chaisson’s toe-dragging touchdown as he fell out of bounds, Golden Valley surged past the Nitros 20-8 in their final game of pool play.

“Our downfall has been rising and falling to our opponents,” Campbell said. “We finally played at our level. Glendale’s kids played hard though. My hat’s off to them. We were just too strong and too fast.

“In the past we’ve had a give-up mentality. We are getting that to stop. If we do, we can be real good real quick.”

The day ended with co-champions as Mission League rivals St. Francis and Alemany, which beat Lancaster 34-12 in its semifinal game, elected not to play each other.


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