Indians run out to 33-point halftime lead at COC
The Hart High football team ran through a sign that read “goodnight Arroyo” prior to its matchup with visiting Arroyo High of El Monte.
And even though the night was over as soon as the game started, the Indians ran and threw their way to a 39-0 dominant performance over the Knights at College of the Canyons on Friday night.
Hart (2-0) had a 33-0 advantage over Arroyo (2-1) at the half with three passing touchdowns from Indians quarterback Nick Moore to three different receivers, a rushing TD from running back Chase Garcia, a safety and a field goal from Aaron Rodriquez.
“We just needed to execute a little bit better from last week,” Moore said. “The line needed to get their blocking schemes a little bit better, and they did a pretty good job tonight. All we needed to do was execute, and we did that tonight and came out with a good victory.”
Garcia added his second rushing score of the night with 6:30 left to play in the third quarter to put Hart up 39-0. The senior running back rushed for 55 yards on 11 carries and punched in scores from the 6- and 3-yard lines.
Moore finished the night 22-of-30 for 294 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.
But the senior QB was most impressive when the pocket broke down. He scrambled and took what the Arroyo defense was giving him — which was a lot of room to run. The signal caller rushed for 90 yards on 12 carries.
“Every time it seemed like we wanted to run a pass play against the coverage that we wanted, they kind of did some weird stuff, some stuff you don’t really see, and they kind of just backed off and gave me a lot of room to run,” Moore said.
Moore hit a bevy of receivers for touchdown strikes, including Grant Thuente at the 6:22 mark in the first quarter to make it 14-0, Daniel Madison early in the second quarter to put the Indians up 21-0 and one to AJ Stanley with just over five minutes left in the first half to make it 30-0.
Thuente had 105 receiving yards (six receptions), while Madison had 21 yards (two receptions) and Stanley pulled in 100 yards (nine receptions).
The Indians travel to Antelope Valley next Friday to take on the Lopes, who beat West Ranch on Friday night, 26-21.