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Hart pounds Central Section champ Ridgeview

Posted: September 20, 2013 10:52 p.m.
Updated: September 20, 2013 10:52 p.m.

Hart's Cody Shoemaker sacks Ridgeview quarterback Lawrence White in the second quarter of the game. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea.

Last season, Hart Indians’ running back Connor Wingenroth tormented the Ridgeview High School defense.

This season, it was quarterback Brady White’s turn to do the damage.

For consecutive seasons, Hart exploded to an early lead and never looked back as it defeated the Ridgeview of Bakersfield Wolf Pack 56-7 Friday at College of the Canyons on homecoming night for the Indians.

“We watched film and knew we could take care of them,” White said. “We got that big play to Trent to start the game, but we knew we couldn’t let up and get lackadaisical.”

The Indians were in control from the opening play from scrimmage as White hit wide receiver Trent Irwin in stride down the left sideline for a 75-yard touchdown.

White added two more touchdowns before the six-minute mark of the first quarter — a 16-yard completion to Irwin, followed by a 53-yard bomb to Wes Fitzpatrick.

The start was strikingly similar to last year’s matchup against Ridgeview (2-2).

En route to a 49-27 victory over the Wolf Pack in 2012, the Indians controlled a 21-0 lead by the 6:39 mark of the first quarter.

Wingenroth had four rushing touchdowns on that night.

Friday, Hart led 21-0 with 6:15 to play in the first, but it was White who finished the game with four touchdowns and 279 yards through the air.

The junior signal-caller was lifted on Hart’s final possession of the first half after providing a 42-0 lead.

Now on the season, White has tossed 14 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

“(White) is playing really well for us right now, and we’re just hopping that he can continue this for the rest of the season and into league,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington.

Wingenroth added 98 yards on the ground and two touchdowns — all coming in the first half.

After Friday’s game, Herrington was honored for earning his 250th career win in Hart’s previous game against Chaminade.

Now, he sits at 251.

“I don’t like all the attention to myself, but a lot of people were involved to get that many wins,” Herrington said. “Players, coaches, family. Tonight is also a tribute to them.”

The win marks the first time since 2007 that Hart has opened up 3-0.

That season, led by running back Delano Howell, the Indians finished 12-1-1 and made its most recent CIF-Southern Section Northern Division final appearance — a 42-28 loss to St. Bonaventure.

As for 2013, the Indians will look to stay unbeaten next week at Birmingham of Lake Balboa.

“We want to keep firing on all cylinders, and keep taking care of business,” White said.



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