Hart’s sharp offense

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It didn’t matter that Hart High fell behind by two touchdowns to Burbank last Friday at Memorial Field.

That’s because the Indians evened it and then outscored the Bulldogs 35-14 and cruised to a 49-28 nonleague victory.

Junior quarterback Zach Johnson finished with five scoring passes, four in the second half.

Even at the intermission 21-21, Hart pulled ahead 35-21 as Johnson (18 of 29 for 252 yards) found senior Michael Colangelo with a seven-yard strike as 6:55 remained in the third period and junior Drew Munoz (96 yards on four receptions) with a 34-yard aerial as 2:24 was left.

Johnson and Munoz hooked up on a 23-yard pass with eight minutes left that made it 42-28 and a 25-yard bullet with 5:32 showing for a 49-28 edge.

The Bulldogs (213 total net yards) scored when sophomore Brandon Pena returned the initial kickoff 95 yards.

Burbank led 14-0 when senior Matthew Porras (10 of 24 for 126 yards and three picks) hit senior Chadz Vang (26 yards on three catches) with an 11-yard strike and 4:38 showing that made it 14-0.

“They made the momentum plays. They made critical plays at big moments and we didn’t,’’ said Burbank Head Coach Adam Colman.

The Indians (2-1) tied it at 14-14 when Colangelo (46 yards on four catches) returned the kickoff 97 yards that made it 14-7 and Johnson hit senior Jacob Montes (87 yards on six catches) with a five-yard toss and 9:12 left in the half.

Senior Ethan Blair (106 yards on 24 carries) then added a two-yard run for Hart (372 total yards), which led 21-14 with 5:07 remaining in the opening half.

The Bulldogs (1-2) tied it at 21-21 on Vang’s 15-yard burst with 1:51 on the clock in the first half.

When Porras located senior Duncan Smith (73 yards on three receptions) with a 52-yard pass and 58.8 seconds left in the third, the Bulldogs were within 35-28.


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The Sports Department Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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