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Indians shore up 'D' against Spirits

Hart’s defense leads team, notches five turnovers in win

Posted: October 2, 2009 11:37 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.
PALMDALE - With a bye next week, Hart can now add momentum to its repertoire heading into Foothill League play.

Indians quarterback C.J. Reyes threw three touchdowns, two to wide receiver Ty MacArthur, and Hart's defense forced five turnovers as the Indians beat Paraclete 28-7 in their pre-league finale on Friday at Knight High School in Palmdale.

"After last week, we wanted to show people what we could do," MacArthur said. "So, we came out fired up. ... It was a team effort."

In Hart's 48-21 loss to Westlake at Cougar Stadium on Sept. 25, the passing game struggled to get going early.
It was a different story Friday.

The Indians (3-2) got on the board first on their second possession when Reyes hit MacArthur in the back of the end zone from 25 yards out.

"I know him like the back of my hand and he knows me," MacArthur said of the chemistry between himself and Reyes.

MacArthur finished the game with four catches for 91 yards, while Reyes was 17-of-21 for 232 yards, most of which came in the first half.

On the Spirits' ensuing possession, Paraclete quarterback Cameron Carvahlo found wide receiver Lavonte Barnett running a slant over the middle, and 78 yards later the score was tied 7-7.

Barnett finished the game with three catches for 108 yards.

"(Barnett) plays with passion and 100 percent of the time," said Paraclete head coach Norm Dahlia.

Midway through the second quarter, Reyes and MacArthur connected again, this one coming from 39 yards.

After defensive back Da'jon Hairston recovered a fumble by Spirits running back Rosevelt Davis on Paraclete's next drive, Reyes went to work again and found a diving Blake Borland for an 11-yard touchdown.

Borland caught four passes for 46 yards and recorded a fumble recovery and interception.

The Indians recorded two picks in the second half, the second coming from junior defensive back Bobby Phillips.

However, the Spirits (2-3) exploited Hart's weaknesses in pass coverage and marched 53 yards to the Indians' 27-yard line with under a minute remaining in the half.

As Carvahlo rolled to his left, the Hart defense collapsed around him and he put the ball on the ground.

The Indians recovered their third fumble of the day and ran out the clock to preserve a 21-7 halftime lead.

Hart's offensive line struggled early, allowing three sacks before the half.

But on the defensive front, the Indians only gave up a total of 29 rushing yards on 12 run plays through the first two quarters.

In the second half, both teams' running games got going.

Paraclete opened the third quarter with a 16-play drive that ran 10 minutes off the clock.

With the Spirits on the Hart 16-yard line, junior linebacker Hayden Scott sacked Carvahlo to force fourth down.

Paraclete attempted a 37-yard field goal, but senior Kyle Steffes' kick was no good.

It was the last time the Spirits would threaten to score.
Limited to zero yards in the first half, senior running back Jake Stephens erupted in the second half for a total of 132 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Hart head coach Mike Herrington credited offensive line coach Bryan Martuscello for making a halftime adjustment to the formation.

Herrington also credited the Spirits.

"They have a heck of defensive line," he said. "They are going to do well in their league."

The Indians open up their league season on Oct. 16 against Saugus.


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