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Connor Wingenroth amasses 185 yards, five TDs in win

Posted: September 27, 2013 11:30 p.m.
Updated: September 27, 2013 11:30 p.m.

Hart's Connor Wingenroth ran for 185 yards on 14 carries, has five touchdowns on the night.

LAKE BALBOA — With the Hart Indians on the 2-yard line late in the fourth quarter, the receivers started giving running back Connor Wingenroth a hard time.

“They’re all ‘dang it,’ because they knew I was going to score,” Wingenroth laughed knowing they wanted a piece of the scoring action.

But a second effort run on second-and-goal gave the senior his fifth touchdown of the game and the topper to a 42-13 win Friday night against the Birmingham Patriots in Lake Balboa.

Wingenroth ran for 185 yards on 14 carries with scoring runs of 35, 2, 41 and 2 yards and a touchdown catch of 1 yard.

Wingenroth didn’t do it alone, though.

The Hart defense stopped Birmingham four times inside the Indians’ red zone before the Patriots finally scored on a 17-yard touchdown run by Sterling Salguero with 1:38 to play in the third quarter.

That cut Hart’s lead to 21-7 and it’s as close as the Patriots (3-2) would get.

Salguero ran for 152 yards on 25 carries, but the Hart secondary made Birmingham’s passing game non-existent.

Patriots quarterback Emmanuel Castro was 7-of-21 for 80 yards and was intercepted by Andrew MacArthur in the third quarter.

“We played pretty good, had some things go against us,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington. “Our defense played OK. Better than our first two games.”

Those things that went against the Indians (4-0) were four turnovers, two of which were questionable calls by the officials.

Hart was up 14-0 after one quarter, but the first half was sloppy.

Going against the Indians also was Birmingham holding a 17 minutes, 53 seconds to 6:07 time of possession advantage in the first half.

But credit that Hart defense for not breaking.

Indians quarterback Brady White threw his first two interceptions of the season. But overall he was 19-of-28 for 232 yards and a touchdown pass.

Hart travels to Santa Monica with a good opportunity to end preleague play at 5-0.



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