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2016 Football Training Camp Series: Hart High

Varsity veterans getting opportunities at wide receiver for Indians

Posted: August 19, 2016 11:14 p.m.
Updated: August 19, 2016 11:14 p.m.
Da’Von Jones and Daniel Madison battle for a pass during a route-running drill at Hart’s varsity football practice on Thursday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze Da’Von Jones and Daniel Madison battle for a pass during a route-running drill at Hart’s varsity football practice on Thursday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze
Da’Von Jones and Daniel Madison battle for a pass during a route-running drill at Hart’s varsity football practice on Thursday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze
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There’s no question that Hart starting quarterback Nick Moore one of the most experienced signal-callers in the Santa Clarita Valley.

In 2015, before going down with a torn ACL, Moore threw for 1,856 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions on top of rushing for 420 yards and six TDs. And Hart was 7-1 behind the junior’s efforts.

But more than 90 percent of Hart’s total receiving yards last year — whether thrown by Moore, or backups Justice Provost or JT Shrout in the final three games of the season — were all caught by players who are no longer on the Indians’ roster.

Then-seniors Brock Williams (719 yards, on 42 receptions, six TDs), Ethan Lazarek (566 yards, 37 receptions, four TDs), Dominic Carrillo (509 yards in 45 receptions, two touchdowns) and running back Nelson James (244 yards on 24 receptions, three touchdowns) were four of Hart’s top five receivers.

So now that Moore is back and ready to pick up where he left off last season, who is he going to throw to?

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“Our starting (receiving) corps is all seniors,” Moore said. “We only have one guy returning. But there’s a lot of veterans that played last year. They’re a little inexperienced on the offensive side, but they’re good players. And they know what they’re doing.”

The only starting returner from last year’s squad is senior Grant Thuente. In his junior season he tallied 146 yards on 16 receptions in nine games played.

But stepping up over the summer have been seniors Daniel Madison and Jack Sheehe.

They’ll get the starting nods after learning from their counterparts last season.

Madison will line up in the slot after getting invaluable lessons about leadership, reliability and just being an offensive threat from Carrillo.

“The process treated me well, having guys to learn off of last year whether that be in passing leagues or in pads,” Madison said. “I believe I can provide lots of the qualities (Carrillo) exemplified for the team last year and more.”

Sheehe said that Williams and Lazarek not only taught him how to contribute on every single play, but to be humble.

But Sheehe’s speed and ability to run great routes is what’s impressed Hart coach Mike Herrington and Moore.

“Jack is a backup from last year. He’s waited his turn,” Herrington said of Sheehe. “He’s worked really hard and he’s done well for us over the summer and fall here. He just runs great routes and has great hands. And knows what we’re trying to get accomplished. He makes the adjustments.”

Along with Thuente, Madison and Sheehe, Moore will toss to newcomer Da’Von Jones and returning safety AJ Stanley.

Jones had already proved himself to be a playmaker when Hart won the annual Saugus Under the Lights seven-on-seven passing tournament in July.

“We showed when we were at Saugus under the lights that we could throw the ball,” Moore said. “We won Under the Lights and there are good teams there; Chaminade was there, Calabasas, Alemany and we beat all those teams. That made us look really good and made us really confident in our senior corps.

“We don’t have a Trent Erwin, obviously, but that’s once-in-a-lifetime type of thing. But we just have a lot of good players.”

And the confidence level is mutual.

“Having (Moore) back on the field changes our outlook on the season drastically and gives everybody on the team extra confidence,” Madison said.

“I trust him 100 percent in his decisions in his play making ability,” Sheehe added. “As a receiver it’s always great knowing you have a guy like Nick throwing to you.”

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