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Hartnell Vs DeAnza (Game 2)

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Hartnell 21, DeAnza 45

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De Anza downs Hartnell

by By DON FUKUI Herald Correspondent , Monterey County Herald

An improvement on the scoreboard resulted in a loss nonetheless for the Hartnell College football team.

And Saturday's 45-21 setback to De Anza at Salinas High School Stadium could have hurt more because this game was a Coast Conference game. The two teams met Oct. 10 with the Dons posting a 55-7 win. Both the Panthers and De Anza entered the contest undefeated in conference play.

The teams were forced to play a nonconference game earlier in the month after the College of Marin dropped its football program.

As far as Hartnell was concerned, many of the same De Anza villains emerged for the encore, namely Dons' quarterback Kevin Vye and wideout Kendall Hendon.

Vye threw for 323 yards and five touchdowns while Hendon caught eight passes for 120 yards and two scores.

The game got off to a promising start for Hartnell before Vye and the Dons turned the second quarter into what may have looked like a track meet.

Hartnell linebacker Kiero Small stepped in front of a Vye pass and returned the ball 40 yards for a touchdown to give Hartnell a 7-0 lead with six minutes played in the first quarter.

Former North Salinas Viking Michael Del Real intercepted Vye deep in Hartnell territory two plays after Small's touchdown.

"If you make mistakes like the ones we made in the first half against a good team, you're not going to win," said Hartnell coach Matt Collins after the game.

The Dons scored on four straight possessions from late in the first quarter to the end of the first half.

Vye threw four touchdowns in the second quarter as the Dons built a 28-7 lead.

"He's got a lot of help around him," said Collins of the De Anza quarterback. "He has some good looking talent around him and those guys are going to make plays."

Meanwhile, Hartnell leaned on the running of Ricky Rodwell and the passing of Dwayne Gatlin in an attempt to stay in the game. Rodwell gained 63 yards in 18 carries.

Gatlin, Hartnell's quarterback and punter, threw for 173 yards and gained another 21 yards on the ground. Isiah Tate was Gatlin's favorite target with four catches for 101 yards.

Hartnell added two touchdowns in the second half. Matt Miranda scored on a 14-yard run late in the third quarter and Mark Ramos scored on a 5-yard blast early in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers, 3-1 in conference play and 3-5 overall, travel to Gilroy on Saturday for a conference game against Gavilan. Game time is 7 p.m. at Gilroy High School.

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Hartnell football ready for trick or treat

BY GEORGE WATKINS • gwatkins@thecalifornian.com • October 30, 2009

Saturday may be Halloween, but the scheduling is no trick and the game probably won't be a treat for the Hartnell College football team.

For the second time this year the hottest team in the Coast Conference — the De Anza Dons of Cupertino — will visit Salinas High Stadium to play Hartnell.

The first De Anza-Hartnell meeting Oct. 10 was a non-conference affair, and was scheduled only because Marin dropped its football program leaving both teams in need of a game.

This time around a conference championship could be at stake.

"Basically, we're playing for a conference title," Hartnell coach Matt Collins said.

It's also a chance for sweet payback for the Panthers.

Hartnell players were not only being laughed at by some of the De Anza defensive backs in the 55-7 clubbing three weeks ago, but were subjected to a trick play on a two-point conversion late in the game and were being peppered by needless passes nearly to the end.

"I think they [De Anza] already regret doing that," Collins said. "Their coach said he bets they'll be some great stuff on the bulletin board and locker room to fire us up."

Consider it done.

"They beat us by a big margin and they beat MPC by a big margin [54-34 last Saturday]," Collins said. "They're probably laughing about playing us again and planning to go to a big party that night."

De Anza quarterback Kevin Vye can be excused if he's thinking more about what he'll wear trick-or-treating than the Hartnell defense.

While most of us have been busy carving pumpkins, Vye has been carving up defenses. He shredded MPC for 461 yards and five touchdowns last week, and burned the Panthers for 254 yards and five touchdowns earlier this month.

The combined totals for Vye, a sophomore from Oak Grove High, against Hartnell and MPC are 35 of 60 pass completions for 715 yards and 10 touchdowns. For the season, he's 90 of 159 for 1,434 yards and 16 touchdowns in six games.

Vye is rated as the fifth most effective quarterback in the state.

"We saw how he played against us and what we can do differently," Collins said. "We have to get on him early and force him to make bad throws. We've noticed when he does that he gets down on himself. The only drawback is he has talented receivers who have size and speed. All he has to do is throw the ball up and these guys can make plays."

Hartnell's defense is the best it has been since its championship season of 2005. It ranks in the upper third of the 71 community college teams in the state, allowing 313 yards per game.

Back in early October the Dons were also playing a Hartnell team with essentially a new quarterback. Dwayne Gatlin, a normally a receiver, was pressed into service after Hartnell's two other quarterbacks went down with injuries.

Gatlin has been a work in progress, but progress he has made.

"In his first game, against De Anza, he was responsible for six turnovers," Collins said. "Since then he's made just one each game."

Gatlin has thrown for more than 200 yards in each of his last three games, and will be the starter again for what looms as Hartnell's most important game since Collins became head coach three years ago.

"It's the biggest game of the season," Collins said. "We're playing for something. In the past we haven't played for anything but pride. We have a chance to be 3-0 in conference and in the driver's seat. It's a lot of motivation for us, but it all has to be played out on the field."

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