LANCASTER >> The Hart football team shut out host Antelope Valley in the second half, ensuring a 27-7 victory in a nonleague contest.
The Hart defense had two second-half interceptions and also had a fumble recovery.
Hart’s defense was able to keep Antelope Valley out of the end zone in the second half.
“It was huge,” Hart quarterback Nick Moore said. “We put them in some sticky situations in the second half with the pick and the fumble.”
It was a back-and-forth affair in the first half.
Hart took the lead seven minutes into the game when quarterback Nick Moore found Steven Hansen on a 3-yard pass.
Antelope Valley responded with a touchdown pass of its own from quarterback Morrell Osling to Devon Williams for 14 yards lto tie it 7-7 with nine minutes left in the half.
Hart regained the lead within three minutes when Moore found running back Chase Garcia on a short pass that Garcia turned into a 7-yard touchdown.
Garcia finished with 12 carries for 68 yards rushing and caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown.
The second half started with mistakes on both sides. Hart fumbled the opening kickoff, but Antelope Valley could not capitalize due to a blocked field goal on the ensuing drive. The teams then traded turnovers. Moore and Antelope Valley replacement quarterback Devon Williams each threw interceptions.
“I didn’t play very well at all,” Moore said. “I think the offense struggled a lot, and it’s my fault.”
Hart (3-0) extended its lead on a nifty misdirection run to Justice Provost, who broke for a 38-yard touchdown run.
Antelope Valley (1-2) made a change at quarterback in the second half that didn’t pay off. Williams, a wide receiver-turned-quarterback, only completed three passes and threw two interceptions before Osling went back under center.
Williams finished with three receptions for 40 yards and one touchdown as a receiver. Osling was able to extend plays with his feet and cause problems for Hart’s defense. Osling finshed 6 of 17 passing with 85 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 73 yards on 10 carries.
Moore finished 12 of 29 passing with 138 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Hart sealed the game right after Moore had to leave the field due to injury and back up J.T. Shrout hit D.J. Palmer on a 64-yard touchdown strike.
“We are capable of a lot better than this, we showed it the first two weeks and we didn’t show it this week,” Moore said. “We had a good week of practice we just didn’t come out and play our best today.”