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Hart starts fast and doesn’t look back

Prep football: Indians score on first three possessions

Posted: September 10, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 10, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart’s Aaron Porter (28) and Casey Write (68) tackles Palmdale quarterback Shaun Gutierrez and force a fumble on Friday at College of the Canyons. Hart won 49-24.

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If the Palmdale Falcons were overlooking Hart High entering Friday night’s match up at College of the Canyons, they sure weren’t overlooking them for long.

On Hart’s first play from scrimmage, running back Dylan Edwards ran a counter from his own 21-yard line, cut to the sideline and raced down the field for a 79-yard touchdown to put the Indians up early.

Hart never looked back on its way to a 49-24 victory.

“They were probably already practicing for next week …,” Edwards said. “In the first quarter, they were yelling at their coach. When you see that, you know you have them beat.”

The Indians scored on their first three drives, as starting quarterback Connor Wingenroth led a 69-yard drive that resulted in his 5-yard score.

“(The early scores) set the tone,” said head coach Mike Herrington. “That was big for us.”

Not to be outdone, senior quarterback Cory Mayes conducted a seven-play drive that brought the lead to 21-0 with 1:14 left in the first.

Mayes split with Wingenroth and finished 3-of-6 with 19 yards passing and one touchdown.

Wingenroth would finish 6-of-7 with 66 yards passing and one touchdown.

The two-quarterback system is expected to continue for the Indians next week. What isn’t quite certain is whether Edwards will play.

On Hart’s third possession, the senior separated his shoulder and did not play another snap.

Despite just four carries, Edwards finished with 135 yards and a touchdown.

Hart’s defense did its best to end what had become a five-game losing streak for the Indians dating back to last season.

With 1:03 remaining in the first quarter, Palmdale quarterback Shaun Gutierrez felt pressure and pitched the ball backward.

But no running back was in the backfield and Hart defensive end Joey Cicoria pounced on the ball in the end zone to give the Indians a 28-0 lead.

“I think it was a misplay,” Cicoria said. “I read it the other way and I saw (the ball) rolling and I pounced right on top.”
Cicoria would add a 54-yard interception return for a score.

Palmdale didn’t go away, though, scoring 16 points in the final 3:28 of the first half, highlighted by a 90-yard pass from Gutierrez to running back Demario Richard.

Gutierrez finished 8-of-16 for 174 yards and a touchdown and an interception. He also scored a rushing touchdown.

Richard led the Falcons on the ground with seven carries for 60 yards and two touchdowns, including a recovery of a Wingenroth fumble that was returned 60 yards for a score.

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