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Hart football: Westlake piles on Hart

Indians blown out by Marmonte League champion in second round of Northern Division pl

Posted: November 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart running back Dylan Edwards (33) is gang tackled by a swarm of Westlake defenders on Friday night at College of the Canyons during the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. The Warriors defeated Hart 42-17 to move on to the semifinals.

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The Hart High football team saw its return trip to the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division second round end in blowout fashion Friday night at College of the Canyons.

The Indians moved the ball effectively against Westlake High, but early offensive mistakes and the Hart defense’s inability to stop the potent Warriors offense led to a 42-14 loss.

With the win, the Warriors (12-0) keep their hopes of reaching a CIF state bowl game alive.

For the Indians (8-4), who missed the playoffs last year for the first time under head coach Mike Herrington, the loss ends a bounce-back season for Hart football after last season’s 5-5 finish.

On Friday, the Indians stormed out of the gates quickly, taking the ball at their own 20-yard line and driving into Westlake territory to the Warriors’ 47 on the first possession of the game.

Hart quarterback Connor Wingenroth threw to open wide receiver Conner Wolven who dropped the ball down the sideline preventing a big gain, leading to a punt two plays later.

That theme continued throughout the game, as Wingenroth was picked off twice in the first half and fumbled late in the second quarter.

Those turnovers led to 21 Westlake points.

Wingenroth finished 21-of-37 with 255 yards, a 1-yard rushing touchdown, the two interceptions and one fumble.

Wingenroth’s favorite target on the night was freshman wide receiver Trenton Irwin, who caught eight passes for 156 yards.

It was the first time in three games that a defense kept Irwin out of the end zone.

Despite the lopsided score, the Indians showed an ability to move the ball in the first half on the top-ranked team in the state.

Hart accounted for 16 first downs in the first half, moving the ball both on the ground and through the air, with Wingenroth’s ability to run causing trouble for the Westlake defense.

The defense, though, rose to the challenge in the second half, as Hart managed just four second-half first downs.

The Indians started on their own 20-yard line eight times and once on their own 3-yard line, meaning any hope of a score required a long drive.

The Indians were up to the task on their lone scoring drive of the first half, as Wingenroth orchestrated a 13-play, 80-yard drive highlighted by a 50-yard reception by Griffin Scott to move the ball to the Westlake 20-yard line.

Four plays later, Wingenroth kept the ball on an option for a 1-yard score to pull to within 14-7 with 7:05 to play in the first half.

Running back Dylan Edwards, who finished with 61 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, punched a 1-yard run into the end zone with 1:19 remaining in the game to run the score to 42-14.

Westlake quarterback Justin Moore was nearly flawless against the Indians, throwing just two incomplete passes on the night and finishing 7-of-9 for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

Moore found wide receiver Connor Cook in the end zone twice in the first half and the Warriors scored 21 points in the final 5:04 of the half to pull away 35-7 at the break.

Westlake running back Dashon Hunt finished with eight carries for 71 yards and three touchdowns, with 55 yards through the air on three catches.

Warriors tailback Jarrius Bishop added an 8-yard rushing score and finished with 42 yards on 10 carries.


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