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Hart stops Chaminade on 2-point attempt to win in OT

Posted: September 6, 2013 11:13 p.m.
Updated: September 6, 2013 11:13 p.m.

Davis Koppenhaver makes a diving catch in the end zone to score for Hart with seconds left in the first half against Chaminade at College of the Canyons on Friday night.

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Maybe the preseason hype for Hart football and its junior quarterback was inaccurate after all.

The Hart Indians and signal caller Brady White are smashing expectations at this point.

Hart’s defense stopped state power Chaminade of West Hills for a loss on a two-point attempt in the first overtime period to seal a thrilling 55-54 victory on Friday night in the Indians’ home opener at College of the Canyons.

Hart quarterback Brady White was surgical, tying a school record with seven touchdown passes to go with 490 yards, which was 2 yards short of the single-game school record set by Kyle Matter in 1999.

White finished 38-for-55 and threw three scoring passes to Trent Irwin, two to Davis Koppenhaver and one apiece to Connor Wingenroth and Wes Fitzpatrick.

The Chaminade Eagles came into the game ranked 10th in the state, according to Cal-Hi Sports while Hart was 19th.

Those standings will surely change after Hart (2-0) came out ahead in its second straight offensive shootout.

The two teams traded blows all night long with the Chaminade Eagles (1-1) relying on big plays while Hart methodically moved the ball down the field.

The Eagles rode their two quick, powerful running backs Cory Watkins and Donovan Lee, who rushed for 196 and 128 yards, respectively. Watkins scored once on a 50-yard run in the first half and Lee found the end zone three times, twice on the ground and once on a 74-yard catch.

The biggest play of the day belonged to Wingenroth, who broke free for a school-record 99-yard scoring run late in the first quarter. He ended up with 183 rushing yards on 21 carries.

Neither defense could do much to stop one another throughout the game, but Hart came up big when it mattered most.

That included a key stop during Chaminade’s potential game-winning drive at the end of regulation and again at the biggest moment in overtime.

With the score knotted at 48-48 and fans filing out of the stadium assuming it would end that way, the coaches came to the middle of the field and agreed to play extra time.

The Indians began the alternating overtime period on the 25-yard line with the ball and scored on the second play of the drive on a 23-yard touchdown pass from White to Fitzpatrick.

Hart led 55-48 after the extra point.

On Chaminade’s try, Miami (Fla.) bound quarterback Brad Kaaya found Dymond Lee for a 7-yard score to cut the lead to 55-54.

After a timeout, the Eagles opted to go for two and the win. The handoff went to Donovan Lee to the left side and he was quickly swarmed by a crowd of Hart tacklers.

The celebration ensued.

 

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