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Foothill football: Hart intercepts Golden Valley

Indians’ defense comes up with a critical score late

Posted: October 15, 2010 11:35 p.m.
Updated: October 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Golden Valley just didn't have enough big plays to get past Hart Friday night at Harry Welch Stadium.

In the end it was Hart's big play, a 60-yard interception returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, that helped the Indians come out on top 36-23.

"We knew they would be fired up for this game," said Hart defensive end Joey Cicoria, who scored on the interception. "We came out and didn't execute on a few plays, but we made enough plays to win."

Cicoria's play put Hart ahead 34-17 with 6:58 to go in the game.

It was one of three interceptions thrown by Grizzlies quarterback Reid Soliman, who finished 12-of-24 for 119 yards and a touchdown.

He was also sacked three times, one of which led to a safety on a punt attempt from Golden Valley's own 3-yard line.

Soliman's first interception came on Golden Valley's opening drive and it set up the Hart offense for its second score in the first quarter, which was taken in by quarterback Cory Mayes on a 1-yard keeper. Hart running back Dylan Edwards opened the scoring with a 26-yard run earlier in the first quarter.

The Indians (5-1, 1-0) were ahead 14-0 just over six minutes into the game.

"We had some really great plays, but overall, I'm not real happy with the execution on offense," said Hart head coach Mike Herrington.

Hart had its fair share of turnovers, with three interceptions thrown by Mayes, who went 11-for-20 for 134 yards.

All three were grabbed by Grizzly defensive back Corey Chaisson.

The first one set up Golden Valley's first touchdown, a 23-yard run by Earl Johnson. That made it 14-10 late in the first quarter.

"We had our opportunities," said Golden Valley head coach Andy Campbell. "We missed a play here. We missed a play there. Offensively, we just couldn't get into a rhythm."

Johnson tallied 87 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown.Jeff  Coprich led the Grizzlies with 12 carries for 134 yards.

Hart kicker Rhett Almond's 29-yard field goal put the Indians up 17-10 at halftime, but Golden Valley (3-3, 1-0) came out of the break with a purpose.

Coprich found a hole up the middle and bolted 80 yards for a touchdown on the opening play of the second half.

With the score tied 17-17, Hart responded with its longest scoring drive of the game at nine plays and 62 yards. It was again finished by Edwards on an option play from 16 yards out. The junior tailback carried the ball 18 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns on the night.

Almond also added a 47-yard field goal in the third quarter to make the score 24-17.

Despite a halfback pass attempt, a reverse play and several play-actions, the Grizzlies didn't have enough firepower to get past the disciplined Hart defense.

"They came out with stuff we didn't expect on (offense)," Cicoria said. "I think we did a pretty good job."

Golden Valley wide receiver Isa Bey added a 32-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and kicker Kosta Mavrakis kicked a 25-yard field goal in the first quarter.

"Hart is a damn good football team," Campbell said. "They are where we want to be."




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