Hart (Newhall, CA)

Nickname: Indians
Colors: Red/Black/White
Coach: Mike Herrington
League: Foothill
Section: Southern
Playoff Division: Northern (IV)
Playoff Division Rank: #2
CA Bowl Division: South 1 (not yet official)
CA Bowl Division Rank: #10

Returning Offensive Starters: 5
Returning Defensive Starters: 5
2007 JV Record: 7-2
Starting Quarterback Returning: no
Top Running Back Returning: no

2007 Final Power Rating: 51.4
2007 National Rank: #140
2007 State Rank: #13
Off-Season Rating Adjustment: -2.5
2008 Starting Power Rating: 48.9
2008 National Rank: #172
2008 State Rank: #23
Dynasty Rating (Average 2003-2007 Rating): 45
Dynasty National Rank: #55
2008 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating Comparison: better by 3.9
Dynasty Record: 49-17-1 (19-4-1 in league)

2007 Overall Record: 12-1-1
2007 League Record/Finish: 4-0-1 (1st)
2007 Points For Average: 35.1
2007 Points Against Average: 17.2
2007 Differential: +17.9
2007 Wins: #230 Saugus (24-21), #736 Newbury Park (37-6), #1181 Westlake (Westlake Village) (41-16), #1191 Loyola (Los Angeles) (21-13), #1244 Canyon (Canyon Country) (31-28), #1354 Paso Robles (35-7), #1534 Bishop Amat (La Puente) (42-11), #2339 Moorpark (28-14), #2396 Thousand Oaks (48-24), #2440 West Ranch (Valencia) (36-15), #7348 Claremont (50-10), #10550 Golden Valley (Santa Clarita) (49-13)
2007 Losses: #70 St. Bonaventure (Ventura) (42-28)
2007 Ties: #441 Valencia (21-21)
2007 Opponents W-L: 87-71-1
Recent Section Championships: 2003 (II)
Recent League Championships: 2007, 2003
Winning Streak Entering 2008 Season: none

2008 Schedule: 9/12 at Palmdale, 9/19 vs Righetti (Santa Maria), 9/26 at Westlake (Westlake Village), 10/3 vs Claremont, 10/11 vs Loyola (Los Angeles), 10/17 vs Saugus, 10/24 vs Canyon (Canyon Country), 10/31 at Valencia, 11/7 vs West Ranch (Valencia), 11/14 vs Golden Valley (Santa Clarita)
Highest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Westlake (Westlake Village) (38.8), Saugus (38.7), Palmdale (38.2)
Lowest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Golden Valley (Santa Clarita) (-12.2), Claremont (11.7), Righetti (Santa Maria) (26.5)
2007 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 23.2 (30.9 overall)
2008 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 27
2008 vs. 2007 Schedule Strength Comparison: +3.8
2008 Projected Regular Season Record: 9-1
2008 Projected League Finish: 1st
2008 Undefeated Regular Season Probability: 41%
Opener: 9/12 at Palmdale [projection: 31-22 win]

Outlook: Hart High School has had an unbelievable string of success with the QB position, with the last 8 having received D-I rides, so the fact that they are not returning last year's starter doesn't bother us much. As of this writing, the next great Hart QB had yet to be selected between Spencer Souza and Darren Sholes. What is of a little bit of a concern is with the coaching staff. Although Coach Mike Herrington continues to lead the perennial powerhouse Indian program, another Herrington won't be around anymore. Rick Herrington has left the DC position at Hart and assumed the same with another "Herrington program" (Alemany). While we don't think it'll have a catastrophic impact on the Newhall campus, what impact it does have probably won't be overwhelmingly good, either. That said, we still think that the D will be pretty formidable, as will the entire team. The positions which Coach Herrington describes as his team's strengths (WRs, O-line, D-line, and LBs) should lay a foundation for a solid year, especially with the type of system that Hart runs... and if yet another QB plays at a D-I scholarship-earning level, don't be surprised if the Indians are once again major contenders for the Southern Section Northern Division title, as well as a CIF bowl berth.