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Hart star a hit on defense

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Throw out its only loss of the season (33-21 to St. Bonaventure of Ventura), and Hart hasn’t allowed more than two TDs in a game. The Indians, who held Birmingham to 224 total yards, are surrendering an average of 233. The Foothill League’s most versatile football player? Look no further than Hart’s Robbie Casselberry. In the first month, Casselberry has played running back, receiver, defensive end, linebacker and defensive back. He’s also a top special-teams player. Against Birmingham, Casselberry and running back Delano Howell played defensive end for the first time in a new-look 3-4 defense that was quite effective. Hart safety Adam Reyes’ hand has been fitted with an oversized soft cast. He tore ligaments in his thumb Sept. 23 during a victory over Westlake but hasn’t missed a game. Canyon football standout J.J. DiLuigi is on pace to break Louis Montano’s 2003 school single-season rushing record of 1,596 yards. DiLuigi, a junior, rushed for 179 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 42-6 victory Friday over visiting South Torrance, pushing his four-game yardage total to 559 yards – an average of 139.8 per game. If DiLuigi keeps pace and Canyon advances to at least the second round of the Southern Section Div. II playoffs – as the Cowboys have the past three seasons – DiLuigi will finish with 1,677 yards. Rising football standout Anthony Luna of Hart High came through Saturday with one of the most devastating hits in recent memory, bulldozing Birmingham of Lake Balboa’s Daniel Mora with a vicious block during an interception return by James Wheeler in a 23-13 victory at College of the Canyons. Mora, who never saw Luna coming, was laid out for several minutes and didn’t returned to the game. Luna, a 6-foot, 185-pound senior, also intercepted two passes. Hart had four interceptions, giving it seven in the past two games. Luna is a key component for the Indians’ increasingly effective defense, which has been critical because the team’s usually potent offense has sputtered. That’s partly because of quarterback Tyler Lyon’s injuries (separated shoulder in Week 2, then a concussion Saturday), which have caused him to miss two of four games. DiLuigi has 14 touchdowns (several on long breakaways), an average of 3.5 per game, so he’s also on pace to break Chris Perry’s Canyon single-season record of 27 TDs, set in 1989. Saugus High graduate Jeff Martin, 21, a kicker for first-year semipro football team Santa Clarita Knights of the West Coast Football League, kicked a conference-record 52-yard field goal in a 34-0 victory Sept. 23 over the Southern California Cobras at Taft High in Woodland Hills. Santa Clarita is 1-2-1. Former Canyon High baseball coach Chuck Crim, who resigned last spring after two seasons and is seeking a minor-league job, could land a gig with the Texas Rangers. Crim has solid connections with the Rangers, who are revamping their lower-level coaching staff. The large-scale Kenny Staub Invitational cross country meet in La Crescenta, an annual highlight for Canyon’s boys’ and girls’ teams, has been postponed to Saturday at 8:30 a.m. because of the Burbank fire. Two-back offenses with a fullback are hardly seen in high school football any more. The alignment has worked well for De La Salle of Concord all these years. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218, [email protected] or by fax at (661) 257-5262.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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