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Hart football: the Indian bummer

Posted: November 20, 2009 11:53 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Hart High quarterback C.J. Reyes (25) makes his way downfield as teammate Oliver Woodhead (77) moves in to block Hueneme's Tevin Jones (58) Friday evening at College of the Canyons. The Vikings won 23-15.

 

It wasn’t supposed to happen again.

For the second time in two years, the Hart football team made an early exit from the postseason.

Hart lost to Hueneme 23-15 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs on Friday night at Cougar Stadium.

“It’s disappointing,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington. “(The Vikings) were a lot better than I expected.”

Hueneme is a lot better than most people expected, going from 0-10 last season to the postseason this year.

Hueneme head coach Joe Martinez gives full credit to his players, whom he said were willing to work hard to make the turnaround.

“I give all the credit to the kids. They have a great and deep hunger and I’m just a facilitator of that,” Martinez said. “They deserve all the credit.”

The Vikings (8-3) got on the board first with a 36-yard field goal by senior Osvaldo Valladolid with 2:03 remaining in the first quarter.

Hart senior quarterback C.J. Reyes connected with senior wide receiver Blake Borland for a 10-yard touchdown with 6:38 left in the half and gave the Indians a 7-3 lead.

With 1:27 left in the half, the Vikings marched up the field, aided by a 15-yard Hart penalty for unnecessary roughness.

With just 27 seconds remaining in the half, Hueneme junior quarterback Jonathan Barnfather connected with senior wide receiver Patrick Moeslein for a 26-yard touchdown. The Vikings were unavble to convert the point after but led 9-7 at intermission and would not relinquish the lead for the rest of the game.

On the first drive of the third quarter, Hueneme senior running back Trashaun Nixon ran the ball for a 65-yard touchdown and a 16-7 lead with 10:56 remaining in the third quarter. Nixon scored again with 5:56 left in the third and the 23-7 lead.

Hart (7-4) scored on a pass from Reyes to Borland with 4:53 left in the final quarter and converted the two-point attempt for 23-15 score.

With just 2:47 left in the game, junior Hayden Scott recovered a fumble, giving the Indians an opportunity to score. The Indians offense fell short, unable to complete passes.

“Our offense couldn’t put points on the board,” Herrington said. “In a game like this, they’ve got to come ready to go and we didn’t play well.”

Nixon finished the night with 166 yards on eight carries, including two touchdowns.

Barnfather completed 20-of-28 passes for 196 yards, while Reyes went 15-of-34 for 193 yards.

Borland led Hart with five catches for 88 yards.

“We saw that there was an opportunity and we made some changes at halftime to put the ball in his hands,” said Martinez.

 

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