The Hart Indians defeated the Palos Verdes Sea Kings 33-12 Friday night at College of the Canyons to advance to the CIFSS Northern Division semifinals.
Standout junior quarterback Brady White tossed four touchdowns while senior running back Connor Wingenroth ran wild with 284 rushing yards, including a 63-yard touchdown burst.
After a scoreless first quarter in which both defenses forced fumbles, the Indians moved the ball into Sea Kings territory facing a 4th and 8. After a timeout, Brady White dropped a pin-point pass to Chase White for the touchdown to give Hart a 7-0 lead with 7:54 left in the first half.
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Palos Verdes drove into scoring position but missed a field goal. Shortly after, Connor Wingenroth broke loose for a 63-yard touchdown run that extended the Hart lead to 13-0.
The Sea Kings drove into Indians territory but senior Wes Fitzpatrick stepped up with a huge interception that he returned into PV territory. The Hart offense, led by White, moved the ball into the redzone and cashed it in with a touchdown strike to his go-to guy Trent Irwin for a 20-0 halftime advantage.
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Sparked by a couple long runs by Wingenroth, the Indians marched down the field on the opening drive of the second half, capping it off with another touchdown strike from White to Irwin to lead 27-0.
Meanwhile, the Hart defense was flying around all night laying the wood and making plays in the secondary. After the Indians D forced a turnover on downs, White and Irwin linked up for the third time, with Irwin hauling in a ridiculous touchdown catch to extend the Hart lead to 33-0 heading to the final quarter.
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The Sea Kings continued battling and got on the board with a touchdown pass from Dan DiRocco to Lance Brown that cut the deficit to 33-6. A late touchdown run by Tyler Moore made the final score 33-12.
With the victory, Hart moves on to the semifinals where they join fellow Foothill League members Valencia and Saugus. Hart will host West Torrance next Friday with a trip to CIFSS Northern Division Championship at stake.