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Prep football: Hart O the real deal

Efficient offense helps Indians cruise to 2-1 start

Posted: September 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

BAKERSFIELD – The game may have started late, but it was finished pretty early.

In a game that started more than an hour later than originally scheduled, Hart’s offense was nearly unstoppable on Friday night in a 49-27 win over Ridgeview of Bakersfield on Friday night at Ridgeview High.

Due to high temperatures in the area, the game was pushed back from its initial 7:30 p.m. start time and instead kicked off at 8:32.

Regardless, Hart (2-1) wasted no time lighting up the scoreboard, racing to a 21-0 lead by the 6:39 mark in the first quarter as the offensive line had its way with the Wolf Pack defense all night long.

“By the time we got out here, we just let it unleash, and I think it was better starting late than early because we had more time to think about the game and get focused,” said Hart junior Connor Wingenroth.

Playing mostly running back and a little bit of quarterback, Wingenroth ran for four touchdowns and accumulated 159 rushing yards on just seven carries.

The Indians scored on each of their first five possessions and were able to seize the upper hand early after forcing two Ridgeview turnovers in the first quarter.

One was an interception by Wes Fitzpatrick and the other came on a fumble by Ridgeview quarterback Kamari Colton-Moya.

“I don’t think we came out flat, I just think (Hart) came out sharper than we did,” said Ridgeview head coach Dennis Manning. “You’ve got to give them credit where credit is due. Hart is a good football team and we’re glad we played them.”

Though the Wolf Pack (2-2) answered with a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to make the score 35-13 by halftime, Hart put any thought of a comeback to bed when it sprinted down the field for a three-play scoring drive that ended in a 1-yard Antoine Holmes run to put the visiting Indians in front 42-13.

It was one of two scores for Holmes, who also took advantage of the gaping running lanes opened by the offensive line, finishing with 43 yards on five carries.

“This level of play, that’s where we need to be,” said Hart senior lineman John Perkins. “The intensity we brought to the game, the intensity on the field, we’re going to keep that throughout the season.”

Later in the third, Wingenroth took a direct snap and outran Ridgeview’s defense for a 63-yard touchdown, his last of the game, to put the cherry on top.

Hart led 49-13 with 3:57 left in the third.

“Our offense got some confidence,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington. “Our offensive line really did a good job blocking for the run, making wide open holes, but they needed a game like that.”

Hart sophomore quarterback Brady White also had an efficient day, completing 10-of-13 passes for 150 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown pass to Andrew MacArthur in the first half.

The Wolf Pack relied mostly on two players offensively – Colton-Moya and tailback Brandon Tripp.

Colton-Moya scored all four of his team’s touchdowns on the ground and totaled 161 rush yards on 23 carries. Tripp finished with 140 yards on 27 rushes.

It was an effective offense for Ridgeview, but nowhere near enough to keep up with the fast-moving Indians.

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