The winds at Valencia High School on Friday night were blowing chilly and often, but Hart football played as if the wind were to their backs in a 35-6 win over West Ranch.
The Indians (5-3 overall, 2-1 in Foothill League) piled on three touchdowns in the first quarter. Ben Rosen, who would reach the end zone a handful of times, punched the ball in from the 1-yard line to start the scoring at the seven-minute mark.
Hart’s defense forced a three-and-out on the Wildcats’ first drive, then scored on a 23-yard pass from JT Shrout to Da’Von Jones.
Rosen brought the score to 21-0 with a 6-yard rush to close the quarter.
“I’m just watching film and learning what I need to do better and reading the field a little bit better seeing what cuts I can make,” Rosen said, “and when to hit the hole and when to try and make a little bit out of it.”
West Ranch (5-2, 1-2) managed to pick off a Shrout pass in the second quarter, but couldn’t capitalize. With a little over one second left in the frame, Shrout tossed the ball two yards to DJ Palmer for a touchdown.
“When you start slow and you let a team like that get up on you, its tough to come back,” said West Ranch coach Chris Varner.
The Wildcats intercepted another pass to open up the third quarter, and scored on with a touchdown pass from Weston Eget to Kuan Glasgow on the ensuing drive.
Hart silenced West Ranch for the rest of the game, and managed to score once more for themselves. Shrout threw a 23-yard pass to Rosen for the running back’s third touchdown of the night.
After the game, Hart coach Mike Herrington said that he was pleased with his defense’s ability to hold the Cats to one touchdown, but is still “looking for perfection.”
“We need to have a little bit of killer instinct and we could’ve put this game away real early,” he said.
Hart next plays Golden Valley, while West Ranch will face Valencia.