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Indians look to recover

Posted: September 10, 2009 10:30 p.m.
Updated: September 11, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Was last week's Hart team the real Hart team?

Maybe we'll get a better indication of who the Indians are when they host Palmdale tonight at Cougar Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

The Indians lost their season opener last Friday 33-28 to Los Angeles City Section team El Camino Real.

Watching the game, Palmdale head coach Jeff Williams noticed something off with the Indians.

"With the fire situation, they might have been a little out of gas," Williams said.

Hart head coach Mike Herrington said his team was.

The Indians (0-1) weren't able to practice last week because of the poor air quality as a result of the Station Fire. They managed to get a walkthrough in last Thursday.

That's it.

"Going into the game, I would have said, ‘No, we'd be fine.' ... Because our kids didn't tackle for a week, the walk through didn't hack it. It took a half for us to adjust to game speed," Herrington said. "But we didn't even have practice speed down. You hate to use it as an excuse, but it really affected us."

El Camino Real jumped out to a 26-0 lead before Hart awoke and outscored the Conquistadors 28-7 in the game's final 15 minutes.

Williams said his Falcons are aware and that teams generally make their biggest strides between the first and second weeks.

Yet Palmdale isn't an ordinary foe.

The Falcons, who are making their season debut, are the No. 1 team in the CIF-Southern Section Western Division.

The team's quarterback is also one of the nation's top defensive back recruits in the speedy Joshua Shaw.

The Indians also have to contend with returning All-Golden League running back Corey Washington, a 5-foot-10-inch, 205-pounder who Williams said is an inside-outside rusher.

Herrington said the Falcons' running game is one of Hart's biggest concerns.

Offensively for the Indians, Blake Borland had one of the most unique games in Indians history last week.

Herrington said he can't remember a game where one of his players threw, ran for and caught a touchdown.

The wide receiver did that against ECR.

Borland had to spell starting quarterback C.J. Reyes for a period because Reyes was experiencing cramps.

Herrington is expecting that his team will be up to speed tonight.

They're going to have to contend with Palmdale's speed.

"I'd say we're a quick team," Williams said.


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