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Foothill football: Another pivotal Foothill battle

Hart’s season turned for the worse on last season’s loss to Saugus

Posted: October 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart High football has been trying to shake off the demons of last season for long enough.

This week is the team’s first chance prove the 2011 season is different when it faces Saugus today at 7:30 p.m. at College of the Canyons.

The Foothill League matchup between these two teams proved to be pivotal last year.

Hart (5-1, 1-0) ended up surrendering a 14-point halftime lead and lost 21-14 to the Centurions (3-3, 0-1), who also came into the game with the same record.

For the Indians, it was the start of a four-game losing streak to finish out the season, causing them to miss the playoffs.

“This is a big game for us,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington. “This is probably one of the points in the season that we’ve emphasized coming off last year’s situation. We’ve been talking to our kids about it for a long time.”

Saugus head coach Jason Bornn views it much differently, saying last season is an afterthought.

“Last year was last year,” Bornn said. “It’s a different team, both of us. They’ve got a different team with different strengths and a different emphasis. So do we.”

One obvious difference is Hart’s quarterback scenario, which has changed on a week-to-week basis between senior Cory Mayes and sophomore Connor Wingenroth.

Once again, Herrington said both will get a chance to play — Mayes will go first.

Again, that’s not a major concern for Saugus.

“Each of them has their own strengths and we don’t have a separate game plan for who’s in the game,” Bornn said of the quarterbacks. “I think they’re both effective at running the ball and they’re both effective at throwing the ball and they’re both good at what they do.”

What Bornn is worried about is his own team.

He points to last week’s lopsided 51-28 loss to Canyon where the Centurions turned the ball over three times and often gave up a short field for the potent Cowboys offense to work with.

The early miscues left Saugus well behind in the game early, making the team’s 21 points in the second half a moot point.

“Unfortunately, it’s kind of been our theme all year,” Bornn said. “We just have not put together a game from start to finish. We’ve had tremendous first halves and we’ve had tremendous second halves.”

One mark of consistency for the Centurions has come from quarterback Jared Carbajal, who has been a constant running threat this season.

Carbajal leads the team with 714 rushing yards for an average of 119 yards per game.

“He’s going to get his yards,” Herrington said of the senior signal caller. “We just have to make sure we keep him out of the end zone.”

Last week, the Indians did just that, limiting Golden Valley to just a field goal in a 28-3 win — and that field goal was the direct result of an interception.

Hart will have to continue to play to its strengths as it moves further into the league season.

“I think that we’re doing well on defense and our offensive line has played pretty good so far,” Herrington said, “and we’re looking forward to riding the defense and hopefully the offensive line can continue playing well.”

The bulk of league play is in front of these teams, which are both trying to prove they’ve moved on from the past.

In Hart’s case, that dates all the way back to last year. For Saugus, it wants to erase the memory of last week.


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