Indians turn in strong defensive effort in victory

Antelope Valley High had several opportunities to get back in the game, but they ran into linebacker Charles Ike all evening in Hart’s 27-7 non-league victory on Friday night at Antelope Valley High.

Hart’s offense couldn’t get much going despite the 20-point victory, but Ike kept the Antelopes offense quiet with his 12 tackles. Vincent Fernandez had two sacks for the Indians (3-0).

“We were just trying to play physical and fast,” Ike said. “We were just trying to stop the quarterback because that’s where we were physical at. Coming into the second half, we had a mindset of if he is going to run, we’re going to tackle him.”

Antelopes quarterback Morrell Osling III couldn’t find a rhythm for Antelope Valley (1-2) as he was sacked five times. He only rushed for 44 yards on 12 carries. Zapre McClain had seven tackles, while Deveon Moore caught four passes for 61 yards. Devon Williams scored the Antelopes only points with a 13-yard touchdown catch. The Antelopes had several chances to turn the game around, but AJ Stanley and Da’Von Jones ended those threats with interceptions.

Those were two of Antelope Valley’s six turnovers. Stanley also caught four passes for 41 yards.

It wasn’t much different for the Indians, who turned the ball over on downs three times along with an interception from quarterback Nick Moore, who went 12-of-32 for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Moore left the game with what appeared to be a minor injury, but he returned two plays later. One of those plays, though, ended up being a 64-yard touchdown pass from JT Shrout to DJ Palmer. Hart’s Chase Garcia rushed for 71 yards on 12 carries and three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown for an offense that couldn’t put Antelope Valley away until the early fourth quarter.

“We’re not too happy offensively,” said Hart coach Mike Herrington. “We didn’t execute like we should have and we came out very flat. The whole team came out very flat. Defensively, we came away with some big plays. When we come up against big athletes like Antelope Valley has, then we did a pretty good job in keeping them to one score.”

Steven Hansen caught a 3-yard touchdown from Moore in the first quarter. Nick Soto had five tackles and Justice Provost rushed for a 38-yard touchdown for Hart, which will take on St. Bonaventure of Ventura next Friday at College of the Canyons.

“We basically have to play perfect, offensively and defensively,” Ike said. “We have to get it going on all cylinders. Our offense struggled a little bit, and we can’t have that next week. We have to play perfect next week.”

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