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Indians shoot for first win

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Posted: September 18, 2008 8:51 p.m.
Updated: November 20, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 

Hart's 29-6 loss to Palmdale last Friday was not how the Indians anticipated kicking off the season.

Indians head coach Mike Herrington said the many members of the team were untested.

Palmdale, the Golden League champions and CIF-Southern Section Western Division runner-ups, was a tough challenge, but now the team looks forward.

Tonight the Indians face Righetti of Santa Maria (1-1) at the College of the Canyons; kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

Righetti finished 6-4 last season in the Pac-7 League.

The Warriors narrowly escaped Cabrillo ­- a team that finished its 2007 campaign 2-8 - last Friday night, winning 35-28.

However, Herrington believes the match up against Righetti will be a tough contest.

"They're a hard-nosed football team," he said. "We have to execute and not make the same mistakes we made last week."

Offensively, Herrington will need a stand-out performance from senior quarterback Spenser Souza who went 9-for-19 for 71 yards and two interceptions on Friday against the Falcons. Hart will also need a better showing from running back Jake Stephens, who picked up just 69 yards on 10 carries last week and Demitri Diamond, who rushed four times for 24 yards.

"We still have a lot of question marks," Herrington said. "We have to solve a few problems this week, move the ball and score more than six points."

Notre Dame at West Ranch
A 42-26 win at Lancaster is a nice way to go into West Ranch's next game at home against Notre Dame.

But the Wildcats will have a tough test against a Knights team from Sherman Oaks that finished 8-2 last season, won 17-14 over Moorpark last week and reached the later rounds of the CIF-SS playoffs.

The West Ranch defense, beleaguered by injuries to defensive linemen Hank Lambirth and Blake Culhane, will have to shore up considering it allowed 257 rushing yards and 188 passing yards to Lancaster.

Look for Wildcats like tailback Ross Bacon and quarterback Jake Bernards to lead the offense.

Bacon rushed for 144 yards on just 14 carries and scored once. Bernards was efficient as a signalcaller could be, passing for three touchdowns. He went 13-for-19 for 176 yards.

Ryan Kasdorf takes over where Dwayne Crist left off at quarterback for Notre Dame. He went 8-for-20 for 223 yards and an interception in last week's win. James Flynn was his go-to receiver, with 109 yards.

Canyon at Norco
Canyon will travel to Corona to face Norco tonight at 7 p.m.

The Cowboys, 1-1, are riding the momentum of their 54-6 rout of Granada Hills last Friday.

Canyon quarterback Jordan Adamczyk was 6-for-9 for 159 yards and three touchdown passes.

In tonight's matchup, the Cowboys will need an equally solid performance from Adamczyk, receivers Kevin Voogt and Chris Rivas and running back Geffen Camp.

Norco enters the contest 1-0, having shut out Crenshaw 20-0 last Friday.

Canyon will have to hold off Cougars running back Deantre Lewis and quarterback Taylor Viloria.

Valencia at Birmingham
After its season opening loss to Thousand Oaks last week, Valencia is looking to rebound against Birmingham. The Vikings will face the Patriots in Lake Balboa tonight; kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

After the Patriots' 13-1 campaign in 2007 and capping off their season as Los Angeles City Section champs, the team enters this matchup at 0-2.

Birmingham returns only one starter on defense and quarterback Morey Croson will head the Patriots offense.

Valencia will be without starting quarterback Dominick Solley who is sidelined with an ankle injury.

That puts the offensive load onto wide receivers Zack Tartabull and running back Jordan Thompson.

The Vikings struggled defensively against Thousand Oaks and will need significant performances from lineman Kevin Carrington and linebacker Andrew LaVoise.

Saugus at Westlake
The Saugus Centurions are coming off of a 51-12 rout of Pasadena at College of the Canyons.

Now the real challenge begins.

Westlake Village reached the CIF-SS playoffs, just like Saugus, and will aim at avenging a Hail Mary pass by Desi Rodriguez.

Last season, Rodriguez found Chris Aaron on a 46-yard touchdown that sealed a 33-28 win with four seconds left in the game.

On Sept. 6, Westlake went on the road to hammer Paso Robles, 39-14. Running back Ryan Zirbel will likely pace Saugus' running offense.

For Westlake, Ben Conlin went 28-for-50 with three passing touchdowns and 283 yards. Running back Tavior Mowry had 71 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown.

Golden Valley at Santa Paula
Beating a football team that lost 19 out of its last 20 games may not be the most impressive thing in the world.

But don't tell that to the Grizzlies, a team that broke a seven-game losing streak last week, in a 48-6 beatdown of Hoover from Glendale.

Golden Valley will play Santa Paula for the first time in team history. The Grizzlies played the Cardinals two seasons ago in a scrimmage.

In the rout last week, Golden Valley halfback carried the ball 10 times for 100 yards. Jimmy Hughes went 6-for-13 for 70 yards, two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.

Santa Paula should give the GVHS secondary a good test, with Max Moreno going for 302 yards and three touchdowns in a 39-36 win over Whittier Christian last week.

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