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Prep football: Running the show

Indians of Newhall defeat the Indians of Burroughs High

Posted: September 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart High’s Connor Wingenroth, left, races past Burroughs High defender Jose Pereyra (9) to score a touchdown in the second quarter on Thursday at Canyon High. Hart defeated Burroughs 24-13 in the game.

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Tim White’s usual position is wide receiver.

It seems running back suits him just fine too.

With Hart High’s starting tailback Dylan Edwards out with a separated shoulder, White stepped in with a 14-carry, 245-yard performance to spark his team’s 24-13 victory over Burroughs of Burbank on Thursday night at Canyon High.

“I look at Dylan Edwards,” White said. “He always runs hard and I just learned it from him.”

White was effective throughout the game, but he put a stamp on his day when he broke tackles and streaked down the sideline for a 68-yard touchdown with 4:53 left in the game to effectively seal the deal.

That extended the Indians’ lead from 17-13 to 24-13.

“We knew he was a good running back,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington. “When he was a sophomore in JV he was a running back and he was good back then. We moved him around and he played different positions last year, too.”

Whatever position he played, White helped Hart (2-1) make up for a shaky start.

Burroughs (0-3) intercepted Hart quarterback Cory Mayes on the opening drive of the game and scored on Zander Anding’s 6-yard touchdown reception from Eli Peppmuller three plays later.

That gave Burroughs a quick 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.

“Our game plan was good and we executed it well for 3.75 quarters,” said Burroughs head coach Keith Knoop.

That plan mostly consisted of Anding and Peppmuller running the ball. Both players carried the ball 16 times with Anding going 70 yards and Peppmuller reaching 79.

Peppmuller leapt into the end zone from 4 yards out to score with 10:01 left in the fourth quarter to put Burroughs within four points before a missed extra point.

That was the last time Burroughs would get into scoring territory.

Hart once again played both Mayes and sophomore Connor Wingenroth at quarterback, with Mayes getting the start.

After Mayes’ rough start, Wingenroth came in and led a scoring drive in the second quarter that was finished by his own 43-yard touchdown run.

That gave Hart its first lead at 10-7.

Later in the quarter, Mayes came back in and led a scoring drive of his own.

Ironically, Wingenroth again finished the drive, catching a 9-yard touchdown pass by Mayes with 21 seconds left in the first half.

The Indians went into the break up 17-7.

“We made some early mistakes in the first quarter and in the third quarter,” Herrington said. “It was tough to come back on a short week.”

Mayes finished 8-of-15 passing with 107 yards to go with the touchdown and interception.

Hart’s win marked the third straight Foothill League team to defeat Burroughs at Canyon High in as many weeks.

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