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Prep football: Offseason progression

Hart wins COC tournament decisively

Posted: July 12, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 12, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Hart sophomore quarterback Brady White throws a pass during Wednesday's College of the Canyons Passing Tournament at COC. Hart was the tournament's overall winner.

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No trophies are given out for winning football games in July.

But if they were, Hart would be the team hoisting it in the Foothill League so far.

The Indians wrapped up the first portion of their offseason on Wednesday by winning the College of the Canyons Passing Tournament with COC.

Now, after a 36-6 rout of Palmdale in the championship game, Hart will head into its mandatory break before preseason camp on a high note.

“It’s been a very productive offseason,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington. “We’ve done some great things in 7-on-7 and our lineman have done some good things in lineman competitions.”

On Wednesday, it was the 7-on-7 variety, which featured eight total teams playing in a bracket that was seeded according to the results of the previous two days.

Hart came in as the tournament’s top seed while other local participants included fifth-seeded Valencia, sixth-seeded Santa Clarita Christian School and seventh-seeded Saugus.

In a repeat performance from Monday, the Indians knocked off Santa Paula and Valencia in succession to earn a spot against Palmdale in the final and eventually finish the tournament with an overall 6-0 record.

The quarterback competition continued for Hart, which split time between junior Connor Wingenroth and sophomore Brady White.

Together, the two were spreading the ball around to an array of wide receivers like Trent Irwin, Wes Fitzpatrick, Andrew MacArthur and Brady White’s cousin, Chase White.

At this point, the competition is wide open between Wingenroth, the speedy, athletic returning starter, and White, the newcomer who has the build and the arm to fit the position.

“(Wingenroth) has been the starting the games, so it’s definitely been good to see what he does and I go out there and implement it,” said White, who quarterbacked the school’s freshman team last year.

After Hart, the next best local finisher was Valencia, which came in third after going 2-1 on the day with victories over Birmingham and Moorpark to offset the loss to Hart

Saugus also went 1-2 and took sixth place, losing to Moorpark in the first round and dropping a close matchup against Birmingham in the fifth-place consolation game.

The Centurions picked up a win over SCCS though, which made up for a tie score on Tuesday when the same two teams faced off.

This time around, Saugus limited mistakes and took advantage of seven dropped passes by SCCS wide receivers.

Cardinals head coach Garrick Moss said he was impressed with his team’s ability to compete well against a group of schools with much bigger enrollments.

SCCS lost to Palmdale and Saugus to finish 0-2 on the day.

Saugus still has three weeks of practice and passing tournaments to go before taking a brief rest ahead of preseason camp.

Those reps should come in handy for a team led by first-year varsity quarterback and sophomore Chris Hamilton.

“I feel like we’ve made a lot of changes and we’re going to be more balanced this year,” Hamilton said. “I think we’re going to surprise some people.”

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