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Hart football smacks No. 1 seed P.V.

Posted: November 22, 2013 11:35 p.m.
Updated: November 22, 2013 11:35 p.m.

Hart's Connor Wingenroth (10) runs the ball against Palos Verdes at College of the Canyons on Friday.

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Look out Northern Division, the Hart Indians are beginning to look a lot more like the team that stood atop the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division poll for nine weeks, and a lot less like the team that lost its final two regular season games to finish third in the Foothill League.

One week after running back Connor Wingenroth set a single-game school rushing record with 285 yards to beat Paso Robles, the senior ran for 284 yards to defeat No. 1-seeded Palos Verdes 33-12 in the CIF-SS Northern Division second round.

The Indians dominated their newly minted rivals — Hart and Palos Verdes have met in the playoffs each of the last two season, with Hart winning on the road in 2011, and the Sea Kings winning at College of the Canyons last year.

“It’s Palos Verdes,” said Hart quarterback Brady White. “We wanted to get revenge, and we did tonight.”

Wingenroth was more blunt. “We don’t like them. They don’t like us,” he said.

Much like their playoff opening victory over Paso Robles, Wingenroth was all over the field on Friday night for the Indians (10-2).

After Sea Kings running back Tyler Moore (171 yards, one touchdown on 27 carries) broke open on a run from the Hart 46-yard line and appeared to have nothing but daylight in front of him, Wingenroth caught him from behind and forced a fumble recovered by Andrew MacArthur at the 20-yard line.

Wingenroth would give the ball right back, fumbling at the end of a 48-yard run of his own, but the damage had already been done for Palos Verdes (9-3).

“I thought Hart would score but I thought we would too,” Moore said. “Tonight, my fumble killed us. They had some great players and can score. It wasn’t the game, but we had our chances.”

After a scoreless first quarter, the Indians got on the board first by being aggressive.

The Indians converted a fourth-and-1 from their own 46 to keep the drive alive, and scored on a 35-yard pass from White to Chase White on a fourth-and-8 play with 7:54 to play in the second quarter.

Wingenroth broke a 63-yard run to extend the lead to 13-0, bouncing off a would-be tackler at the line of scrimmage and running untouched for the score.

White would tack on three more scoring throws before the night was over, finishing with 136 yards on 14–of-19 attempts. Three of those went to wide receiver Trent Irwin, who finished with 40 yards on six catches. More importantly as far as Hart is concerned, though, White didn’t throw any interceptions, something that hurt Hart in its two losses.

Note: After Hart made a stat correction to Hart’s victory over Paso Robles, Connor Wingenroth’s record of 308 yards was reduced to 285 yards, still a Hart single-game rushing record.

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