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Prep football: Hart’s dual threat

Prep football: Connor Wingenroth and Brady White are battling for the starting QB job

Posted: August 18, 2012 10:12 p.m.
Updated: August 18, 2012 10:12 p.m.

Sophomore quarterback Brady White, left, and junior quarterback Connor Wingenroth, right, are competing for the starting job at Hart High. Wingenroth has a year of experience under his belt, but White has impressed during the offseason. Could the Indians go with a two-QB system?

Right around this time a year ago, Hart football head coach Mike Herrington said he had never started a sophomore quarterback on opening day in all the years he’d coached there.

It’s now a definite possibility we could see it happen two years in a row after 22 seasons of starting only upperclassmen.

The streak was broken last season when then-sophomore Connor Wingenroth got the start under center in Hart’s season opener against Tesoro.

He beat out Cory Mayes, who graduated in May.

Now a junior, Wingenroth is once again competing for the starting spot, this time with sophomore Brady White.

“I think it’s a better competition than last year almost because we’re good friends and we’re both competitive and we both want to win as much as we can,” Wingenroth said.

In truth, Wingenroth wasn’t simply handed the keys last season.

For the first seven games, he split snaps with Mayes before solidifying the full-time job for the latter half of the season.

But even when Wingenroth wasn’t taking snaps, he was lining up as a slot receiver or a running back. He even played some defensive back, as well.

As a dual threat in 2011, he passed for 1,739 yards and 14 touchdowns to go with eight interceptions. He was also the team’s second-leading rusher with 637 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.

It’s fair to expect all that and more from Wingenroth in 2012, whether or not he is under center.

“Connor looks really good at running back, but he is going to play some quarterback too, so it all boils down to getting the best personnel on the field,” Herrington said.

Both quarterbacks have taken snaps with the first-team offense in practice and Herrington said both are going to play in some capacity come Aug. 31, when the Indians open up their season at Tesoro High in Rancho Santa Margarita.

“We might not have a decision right away,” Herrington said of the starting quarterback job. “I’m going to wait and see because I know what Connor can do and I know what Brady has done in the lower levels, but I want to see what he can do against varsity competition.”

Coming off a stellar season with the freshman team and strong performances in 7-on-7 passing camps during the summer, White appears to have the tools for a bright future as a Hart signal caller.

For now, it’s all about proving himself as a varsity player.

“7-on-7 was awesome, but that’s 7-on-7, and now it’s time to put on the pads and see how we do,” White said.

With either player, there will be plenty of weaponry to spread the ball around.

One of those weapons is returning All-Santa Clarita Valley first-team wide receiver Trent Irwin, who caught 50 passes for 785 yards and eight touchdowns last year as a freshman.

After that, there are two returning juniors in Wes Fitzpatrick and Davis Koppenhaver to round out what Herrington calls one of the strongest units on the team.

As far as Irwin is concerned, he’s ready to roll with whoever emerges as the top option under center.

“Both of them are good quarterbacks,” Irwin said. “They’re both smart. They’ve got different things they’re good at.”

A dual-quarterback system worked well for Hart for the first half of last season. Why not give it another shot?


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