After a scoreless first half, White Pigeon gained control in the third period and lost it in the fourth quarter as visiting Hartford edged the Chiefs 21-14 in a Southwest 10 Conference football game Friday.
As a result, White Pigeon slipped to 3-3 and Hartford improved to 5-1 with a third of the regular season remaining.
Hartford’s Robert Ledesma ran for a three-yard touchdown (Danny Resendez PAT) in the third quarter for the first points of the contest. But before the quarter was done, White Pigeon’s Nate Hagen and Carlos Castro added TD runs of 20 and 26 yards, respectively. After Abraham Garcia’s pair of extra points, the Chiefs led 14-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Indians would score 14 unanswered points on one-yard runs by Moses Beraza and Garrod Johnson to pull out the win.
Carlos Castro rushed for a team-high 92 yards, Nate Hagen had 78 on the ground and Sebastian Castro finished with 56 for the Chiefs, who threw two interceptions in the game. White Pigeon was penalized six times for 50 yards.
“Last week’s injuries and a few new ones kept us from keeping control all night long,” White Pigeon coach Joseph Morsaw said. “I defense is solid, but we need some of our injuries to heal to keep our players on the field every series.”
No defensive stats were reported.
Photos by Deb Morey