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Foothill in fine form

Hart, Valencia each go 4-0 on opening day of passing tourney

Posted: June 29, 2009 10:51 p.m.
Updated: June 30, 2009 4:58 a.m.

Valencia's Jabari Howard, front, runs toward the end zone against Crescenta Valley Monday at the 2009 College of the Canyons/Hart 7 on 7 passing tournament at Cougar Stadium.

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Hart and Valencia dominated pool play to begin the 2009 College of the Canyons/Hart 7 on 7 passing tournament, as both schools went 4-0 Monday afternoon at Cougar Stadium.

By virtue of their perfect records, the two Foothill League schools will take part in the championship round starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

At the passing tournament, teams line up with seven players on each side and receive six points for a touchdown and two points for an interception.

Games are played on a 40-yard field plus the end zone, and teams get three downs to either score or reach the 20-yard line, which results in a fresh set of four downs.

“You just hope to play solid ball, run precise routes and be in spots you need to be,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington.

The Indians were solid in their first two victories, defeating Crescenta Valley 32-18 and blitzing San Fernando 40-14 behind the arm of senior quarterback C.J. Reyes.

Reyes showed good decision-making and had a zip on his throws that defenders couldn’t seem to figure out.

“C.J.’s looking real good,” Herrington said. “We’ve still got to work on some mechanics, but he’s placing the ball and making real good decisions.”

Hart’s receivers came through as well, including senior wideout Blake Borland, who had several impressive catches and routes on the day.

The Indians defeated Hollywood 34-18 in the third game and shut out Glendale 26-0 to finish unbeaten.

“The first two games we looked sharp,” Herrington said. “In the third we didn’t play good defense. We did in the last game.”

Valencia’s offense played well from the first snap, and the Vikings downed San Fernando 44-24 in their opener.

Junior quarterback Alex Bishop showed good touch on his throws as Valencia scored the final 20 points to blow the game open.

“As the summer goes on, Bishop’s getting better,” said Valencia head coach Larry Muir. “He threw pretty well today. As his progress goes, our offense goes. We ask a lot of him, so he has to keep pushing.”

The second game was a little bit more of a struggle, but Valencia managed to beat Glendale 34-24. The defense helped stave off Crescenta Valley 26-18 in the third game, and Valencia blew out Hollywood 38-12 to finish the day undefeated.

“It’s the part of summer when you’ve got to keep pushing,” Muir said. “The more reps you get, the better your timing gets.”

A total of 12 teams are participating in the passing tournament, with six in the Blue Conference and six in the Yellow Conference. The Blue Conference played on Monday, and the teams in the Yellow Conference will play at 3 p.m. today, including Alemany, Bakersfield, Birmingham, Cleveland, Mira Costa, and Westlake.

jgulino@the-signal.com

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