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Hart football stands atop 7-on-7 tourney

Posted: June 15, 2013 9:11 p.m.
Updated: June 15, 2013 9:11 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian's Jacob Nogle gets past Steven Ragland of Sotomayor High School in a passing tournament held Saturday at Hart High School.

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The athletic fields at Hart High School played home to yet another spring passing tournament on Saturday, and the host Indians continued to prove that they are very difficult to beat in 7-on-7 play.

The large, 14-team tournament put two Santa Clarita Valley teams on display, Hart and Santa Clarita Christian, as well as some of the top programs from around Southern California.

Hart started off the day strong, going 3-0 in a pool-style preliminary tournament that would determine the seeding for the bracket-style tournament later in the day.

The Indians went into bracket play as the second seed, sitting just behind perennial powerhouse Westlake High School.

Quarterback Brady White consistently hit myriad receivers as Hart continued to rack up points throughout the day. On the defensive side of the ball, cornerbacks Ryan Wood and Connor Wingenroth received high praise.

“All of our receivers had excellent days,” Herrington said. “(Defensive Coordinator Patrick) Dietz emphasized in our team meeting that Ryan Wood and Connor Wingenroth were outstanding.”

Hart eventually found itself matched up against the top-seeded Warriors in the championship game, both teams going into the game undefeated.

The game started off quickly with both teams scoring back-and-forth, but the Indians were able to pull away, capping off the tournament with a 30-18 victory.

SCCS also found itself in a championship game during the tournament, though probably not in the fashion it would have hoped.

The Cardinals were placed in a difficult pool early on, alongside Westlake, and struggled out of the gate, finishing 0-3.

SCCS rebounded in the bracket tournament, losing by just six points to Thousand Oaks and then beating Sotomayor 18-12 to advance to the consolation finals.

In the finals, the Cardinals faced Desert High School and after going down 18-0, fought back to tie the score. However, a Scorpion interception, which are worth two points in passing tournaments, sealed the fate for SCCS.

Despite finishing with a 1-5 record, assistant head coach Les Robinson was excited about his team’s performance.

“We knew that we probably wouldn’t win today, but we wanted to play the big teams strong.” Robinson said. “We came out here to get respect. We came to get experience, and we feel like we have.”

 

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