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Prep football: Hart scores early and often

Hart jumps out to big lead in blowout win over Birmingham

Posted: September 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

If there were lingering questions about quarterback Brady White’s ability to lead Hart’s offense this season, he put them to rest in a big way on Friday night at College of the Canyons.

The sophomore finished the evening with 273 yards and four touchdowns on 21-of-28 passing, while leading the Indians to a convincing 55-14 victory over visiting Birmingham of Lake Balboa.

The numbers jump out at you, but what was far more impressive, was watching the maturation of what looks to be yet another great Hart quarterback.

Making only his fourth varsity start, White looked rather business-like while standing tall in the pocket, making the correct reads, throwing the ball with precision and using his legs when he had to.

The best example of this came on Hart’s first drive of the game, as White was chased out of the pocket, before settling himself down, setting his feet and throwing a strike to Trent Irwin inches from the back of the end zone.

White is also wise during interviews, quickly deflecting the credit to his fantastic core of wide outs. “Our receivers had a great game and this is just a stepping stone for them, as we continue to grow,” he said.

White led scoring drives on Hart’s first four possessions of the game, while hooking up with eight different receivers on the night, including five passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns to Wes Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick’s play of the night wasn’t a catch, but rather his return to the game after taking what he characterized as, “a nice little hit” that most would call gigantic. The junior received a huge roar from the crowd when he took the field to begin the third quarter and almost on cue, caught a 10-yard touchdown pass to put the Indians ahead 42-14.

The man White replaced under center this season, junior Connor Wingenroth, has adapted nicely to his new role as well, carrying the ball 11 times for 81 yards, while also hauling in three catches for 35 yards and a touchdown.

Birmingham, playing without their starting quarterback Trae Smith, was stymied all evening by the Hart defense and finished the game with just 10 first downs, six of which came on one drive.

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