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Prep football: An Orange County clobbering

Hart jumps out to early lead and never looks back in dominate victory over Kennedy of

Posted: September 7, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 7, 2012 2:00 a.m.

LA PALMA — After last Friday’s lost-opportunity loss to highly touted Tesoro, Hart football needed to take its frustrations out. And the Indians teed off on Kennedy of La Palma on Thursday.

Hart defeated the Fighting Irish 51-3 in a clear mismatch at Handel Stadium at Western High School in Orange County.

“I don’t know,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington on what his team gained in the win. “We have a good camaraderie because everyone got in the game.”

Where do we start with the emphasis on how much the Indians dominated the Irish?

Hart was up 30-3 after one quarter. It’s third string quarterback Chase White threw a touchdown pass in the second quarter and was the team’s leading rusher with 69 yards. And the game went to a running clock to start the fourth quarter.

Kennedy (0-3) actually led 3-0 after Justin Minor blocked a Hart punt and Jordan Hunter kicked a 27-yard field goal.

But the Indians (1-1) turned on the steamroll after that.

Hart scored on the ensuing possession with a 35-yard touchdown run by Connor Wingenroth to give the Indians a 7-3 lead.

The Indians then got first quarter scores on a Trent Irwin 50-yard punt return, a 60-yard Wingenroth punt return, a safety on a botched punt and an 81-yard hookup from quarterback Brady White to Irwin.

White was out of the game after handing off to Antoine Holmes for a 31-yard touchdown run to give the Indians a 37-3 lead midway through the second quarter.

Chase White connected with Davis Koppenhaver for a 15-yard score before halftime, giving the Indians a 44-3 lead at the break.

The Indians finished the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run by Kaizer Butler.

Lost in all this offense was another steady game by the Indians’ defense, specifically it’s defensive line, which refused to surrender the big play.

Kennedy managed just 160 yards of total offense, paced by 53 yards on 13 carries from senior Darius Miles.

Hart was solid on defense in last week’s 10-7 loss to Tesoro — a truer test than this game.

“It was tough. We had many opportunities to win that game, but we screwed it up,” Irwin reflected.

Now, the Indians play their third straight distant road game — a Sept. 14 game in Bakersfield against Ridgeview High School.

“They know we’ll emphasize that. We have a bigger challenge,” Herrington said of his Indians and next week’s opponent.


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