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2013 All-SCV Football Team

Hart's Connor Wingenroth is Player of the Year

Posted: January 4, 2014 11:06 p.m.
Updated: January 4, 2014 11:06 p.m.

Hart senior Connor Wingenroth ran for 1,698 yards on 197 carries with 21 touchdowns this season.

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Football player can mean two things.

It can be a generic term for one who plays football.

Or it could mean someone who is so good at the sport that wherever he is on the field, whatever position he plays, he makes an impact.

The generic doesn’t do Hart senior Connor Wingenroth justice.

The latter definition fits him perfectly.

The story is old.

Sophomore starting quarterback — a promising one at that — unselfishly gives up his seat for a more conventional quarterback then becomes a top running back in the Foothill League as a junior.

As a senior, he was simply dominant from the running back position.

Wingenroth was a north-south runner who always found ways to get positive yardage.

By the night of Sept. 27, he was the best player in the Santa Clarita Valley after tearing through the Birmingham defense for 183 yards on 13 carries and catching four passes for 56 yards. He scored five of Hart’s six touchdowns in the game.

By that time, Hart was looking like the best team in the SCV and Wingenroth was the major reason for that.

Then, the next week in Santa Monica a hit separated his shoulder.

He missed three Foothill League games and was a shell of himself in two Hart losses that cost the Indians the Foothill League title.

In Foothill League play, Wingenroth had 20 carries for 92 yards and three touchdowns.

That took him out of the running for the Foothill League’s top honors and relegated him to being Hart’s choice, albeit a sentimental one, for honorable mention to the All-Foothill League team.

The best player in the first half of the 2013 season became the best player, arguably in the Southern section, maybe the state, in the postseason.

He broke Delano Howell’s school record 7-year-old school record for rushing yards in a game by rushing for 285 yards on 24 carries against Paso Robles on Nov. 15.

Howell’s record was 270 yards.

The next week, Wingenroth put the current Indianapolis Colt in third place with an 18-carry, 278-yard performance against Palos Verdes.

The playoff coup de gras on the Northern Division came two weeks later when the football player beat Valencia in Hart’s biggest victory since 2003.

Wingenroth, who by the end of the game wore his own blood on his jersey, ran the ball 28 times for 153 yards, caught a pass for 16 yards, scored a touchdown, and was a shutdown performer on defense.

Hart’s secondary was a major reason for the Indians’ 28-21 victory over Valencia in the Northern Division championship game and Wingenroth’s interception with seconds to play in the Valencia end zone clinched that win.

On defense, he had three sacks during the season and was credited with five pass deflections — though that’s off because the couple he had in the Northern Division title game aren’t on Hart’s stat sheet.

He was nullified on offense in the CIF Southern California Division II State Bowl Game, but in the Northern Division playoffs, his numbers were out of this world.

He ran the ball 86 times for 884 yards with eight touchdowns and caught nine passes for 72 yards with another score.

On the season, he rushed for 1,698 yards on 197 carries with 21 touchdowns and caught 44 passes for 411 yards and another four scores.

He was just as complete of a player as there was and the most significant player on the Northern Division championship team.

For that, he is our choice for The Signal’s 2013 All-Santa Clarita Valley Football Player of the Year.

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