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Hart leads Foothill at Saugus tourney

Posted: July 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The second and final day of the Saugus Under the Lights Passing Tournament proved to be a wild one.

Among Foothill League teams, Hart advanced the furthest, making it to the tournament semifinals after beating West Ranch 38-18 and Palmdale 42-36.

Valencia just missed a chance to play rival Hart, losing to Alemany 44-36 in a shootout in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinal, Hart played Alemany close, but lost to the Warriors 26-18.  

Alemany went on to win the tournament, defeating Notre Dame 38-18 in the championship game.

Despite the loss, the Indians played well, and quarterbacks Brady White and Connor Wingenroth were clicking with their receivers throughout the day.  

Their favorite target was Davis Koppenhaver, who made a number of big plays and highlight-reel catches, including a one-handed grab in the end zone.

“Davis is impossible to cover and a great weapon for us,” White said. “He is so big and quick.”

Canyon and Saugus had a showdown in the consolation championship, which Canyon won 40-24.

The Cowboys handled Golden Valley and Loyola 52-12 and 38-6, respectively, on their path to the consolation prize.

“The boys came out today and put their best foot forward and competed,” said Canyon head coach Rich Gutierrez. “It’s fun. We’re all pretty close and have a great relationship with one another. It’s football, you got to love it.”

Saugus bounced back from a disappointing first day of the tournament by winning its first two games of the day against Eastside 21-14 and Crescenta Valley 20-14.  

Golden Valley won one of its three games to finish the tournament 1-5.

Valencia won its first two games on the day, including a narrow win over Westlake 40-38.

In the end, it was the big plays down the field that plagued the Vikings against tournament champion Alemany in the quarterfinals.

“We need to keep pushing to get better,” said Valencia head coach Larry Muir after the game. “ We still have a long ways to go, and we are not where we need to be.”


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