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Hart football takes center stage at passing tourney

Valencia hosts four-team tournament

Posted: June 5, 2013 10:45 p.m.
Updated: June 5, 2013 10:45 p.m.

Jay Jay Wilson makes a catch against Chaminade on Wednesday at Valencia High School. Dan Watson/The Signal

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Valencia High School may have been the location of a four-team passing tournament on Wednesday, but Hart seemed to be right at home on the Vikings’ football field.

The four-way, 7-on-7 tournament featured last year’s Foothill League champion Valencia, third-place finisher Hart, sixth-place Golden Valley, and Southern California powerhouse Chaminade.

The Hart duo of quarterback Brady White and receiver Trent Irwin proved to be an unstoppable force, as the two picked up where they had left off at the end of the 2012 season.

White and Irwin hooked-up for seven touchdown connections as the Indians steamrolled their way to a 3-0 record on the night.

In their first matchup against Golden Valley, Hart took advantage of weaknesses in the Grizzle’s defensive secondary, coming away with a 42-12 victory. The Indians tore apart Golden Valley with the deep ball en route to seven scores, while their defense held firm, giving up just two scores.

The Hart offense continued to dominate throughout the night and helped lead the team to 48-24 and 42-36 wins against Chaminade and Valencia respectively.

“Offensively we were really clicking,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington.

One of the surprises of the night was the strong play on both sides of the ball by Golden Valley.

The Grizzles finished the night 1-2, but performed well after looking vulnerable against Hart.

In their second game against Valencia, Golden Valley started off fast, scoring on their first drive.

The Grizzles held onto this early lead and narrowly edged out the Vikings by a 24-18 margin.

Although it was just a passing league win, Grizzles head coach Robert Fisher said he liked what he saw.

“The victory is the team learning how to compete. The guys want to compete in the Foothill League,” said Fisher. “At the end of the day, when you’ve had the history Golden Valley has in the Foothill League it’s great to feel success, whatever it is. We want to build upon that and use it as motivation.”

Although they lost their last game to Chaminade, Golden Valley kept it close, going down 30-24.

The host Vikings finished the night with a 0-3 record, but played all of their games close, losing by six in every matchup.

For Valencia head coach Larry Muir and the rest of the Vikings coaching staff, the work the team put in was much more important than the score.

“The great thing about these tournaments is that it’s another form of practice, another way to see the things that we need to get better at.” Muir said.

Chaminade, the 2012 CIF-Southern Section Western Division runner-up looked strong throughout the tournament and finished 2-1, with their sole loss coming to Hart.

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