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Indians shut down Righetti as Souza comes up big

Posted: September 23, 2008 7:00 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Hart's Ty MacArthur brings down a Righetti runner during first half action.

 

Prior to the team's match-up with Righetti High School of Santa Maria,Hart head coach Mike Herrington said the team was neither proven offensively or defensively.

However, on Friday night, it was the Indians defense that carried Hart (1-1) to a 16-0 shut out over Righetti (1-2) at the College of the Canyons.

After ending the first half scoreless, the Indians rallied back in the second half.

Herrington told his team in the locker room that they needed to slow down the offense and concentrate on consistently moving the ball. More importantly Herrington said the defense needed to be more solid and disciplined.

In the opening minutes of the half, they did just that.

In the third quarter, on the Warriors 30-yard line on fourth and one, the Indians defense stifled the Warriors offensive line and Hart put the ball and the game into its hands.

That was the turning point for the Indians.

Hart came back to score its first points off a 23-yard field goal by CJ Reyes with five minutes and six seconds left on the clock.

From then on it was an all Indians show.

Running back Jake Stephens scored on a 7-yard pass from quarterback Spenser Souza and Hart led 10-0.

After the team's loss to Palmdale last Friday night Stephens said they had a bit of a chip on their shoulders.

"I was feeling ready to go,"Stephens said. "We had a great week of practice. We stepped up tonight."

Stephens was the difference for the Indians squad. He carried the Indians offense after a shoulder injury sidelined senior running back Demitri Diamond in the first quarter. Stephens scored Hart's final touchdown with 1:45 left in the fourth quarter on an 8-yard run.

Stephens finished the contest running 16 times accumulating 153 yards.

"We know everyone is doubting us and they have us at the bottom of the Foothill League,"Stephens said. "We can deal with the losses from last year's team and step up and be our our own team."

Senior quarterback Spenser Souza fared better in Friday's game.

After his 9-for-19 game against Palmdale, he was determined to turn things around.

Souza finished Friday's game rushing with 17 carries on 98 yards. He passed for 91 yards.

"I felt fantastic coming in here," Souza said."We made some adjustments and it just gelled tonight. We did a great job."

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