Friday, July 18, 2008

PrepNation 101 Preseason FB Countdown: No. 89 Hart

89. Hart (Newhall, Calif.)

Last season’s record: 12-1-1, CIF-SS Northern runner-up

Coach: Mike Herrington

Key players: WR/RB/LB Demitri Diamond (6-1, 205, Sr.), WR/QB/DB Spenser Souza (6-0, 180, Sr.), QB Darren Sholes (6-2, 175, Sr.), OL Chris Anderson (6-4, 250, Sr.), OL Rick Aversano (6-3, 265, Sr.), WR Blake Borland (5-10, 170, Sr.), WR Ted Glasnow (6-2, 190, Sr.)

Biggest strength: Experience offensive line, receivers

Question mark: Quarterback, linebacker

Outlook: In the last 19 seasons under Herrington, Hart has won six CIF crowns and finished second four times, most recently last year. During that span, the school has also produced eight Division I QBs. That fact should help comfort Hart fans going into a season when Souza and Sholes were still battling it out for the starting nod under center during 7-on7 drills. Regardless of who earns the QB job, he will work behind a veteran offensive line with four starters returning. The skill positions are equally experienced and very talented with Diamond, Borland, and track and field standout Glasnow.

Toughest games: Oct. 11 at Loyola, Oct. 17 vs. Saugus, Oct. 24 at Canyon, Oct. 31 at Valencia

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