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There’s meaning in this league finale

Posted: November 12, 2009 10:22 p.m.
Updated: November 13, 2009 4:30 a.m.
 

Hart may have wrapped up second place in the Foothill League, but the Indians still have something at stake in tonight’s regular-season finale against Golden Valley.

“We could change where we’re seeded in the playoffs,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington. “We want to keep improving our record. We’ve played well. We’ve had a few setbacks but we’ve played well throughout the season.”

The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Cougar Stadium.

The Indians (6-3, 3-1) rebounded after a big loss to Valencia two weeks ago by putting away an improved West Ranch team, and they close the season with the Grizzlies.

“They’re much faster than us,” Herrington said. “We have to play good, disciplined offense and defense.”

That’s something that Golden Valley head coach Andy Campbell has been trying to get his team to do all season as the program tries to turn things around.

The Grizzlies have been prone to mental mistakes, however, and have had limited success on the field.

Hart has been prone to streakiness. The Indians’ defense came out flat last week against West Ranch, and at times the offense has struggled to score points.

Herrington said Hart hasn’t been able to put four quarters of good football together yet, and that’s one of the goals heading into the playoffs.

“We try to emphasize that week in and week out,” he said. “We haven’t accomplished that goal yet. Hopefully, we can this week.”

Golden Valley (0-9, 0-4) scored 26 points in the second half against Saugus two weeks ago but took a step backward in a 31-0 loss to Canyon last Friday.

There’s a young influx of players who provide the Grizzlies a solid foundation, including sophomore quarterback Reid Soliman and sophomore running back Jeff Coprich, who has shown big-play ability at times this season.

Herrington said the Indians who were part of last year’s sub-.500 team have been itching to get back to the playoffs.

“I think it’s a goal that they’ve all talked about and wanted to achieve,” he said. “They want to come away with a victory this week and get in the playoffs and make some noise.”

 

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