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Prep football: Falling into place

Hart, Valencia get another look at skill players at COC

Posted: July 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Hart receiver Kaiser Butler runs the ball as Santa Paula cornerback Justin Gaeta defends at a passing camp on Monday at College of the Canyons.

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Local high school football talents were on display as Hart and Valencia squared off on the first day of the three-day College of the Canyons Passing Camp Monday at COC.

The Indians started the day with a victory over the Vikings and ended with a final-second comeback against Palmdale to finish 3-0.

“We were tired out there, but we were competitive and played well-enough to win today,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington.

Hart beat Valencia 36-18 in the first matchup, and followed with a 24-14 win over Santa Paula in the second game.
Throughout the summer, Herrington has split reps between quarterbacks Connor Wingenroth and Brady White and he continued to use both signal callers Monday.

“Both our quarterbacks played well today,” Herrington said. “They made some good throws, and our receivers are doing a good job catching the football and helping them out.”

Wingenroth and White connected with pass catchers Trent Irwin, Andrew MacArthur and Chase White for big plays down the field throughout.

The biggest play of the day for the Indians came in their third game against Palmdale.

With just under a minute left in the game, Brady White threw a touchdown pass to Chase White to give Hart an insurmountable 26-20 lead, and a perfect record on the day.

“By now, we have already learned everything about our players,” Herrington said. “It just comes down to competing and trying to get better every day.”

As for Valencia, after struggling out of the gate against Hart, the Vikings followed that performance with a 36-18 loss to Palmdale.

“We’re not very good right now,” said Valencia head coach Larry Muir. “We need this last week to show improvement and step up our game.”

The Vikings started showing the improvement late as they bounced back to beat Santa Paula 32-14 in their final test.

In the game, Valencia quarterback Sean Murphy looked poised and in control while in the pocket and connected with receivers Jay Jay Wilson and Malik Townsend for Viking touchdowns.

Defensively, Cole Chadwelo played well for Valencia and recorded an interception against Santa Paula.

The Vikings will have a day off today and will be back in action Wednesday at COC for the conclusion of the passing camp.

Hart is in action today as they take on Canyon, Notre Dame and Palmdale at Canyon High.

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