Mission Viejo High's Danny Reed missed field goals of 32 and 44 yards in the final 1:14 of play--the latter miss coming with no time on the clock--as Hart escaped with a 14-13 nonleague victory at College of the Canyons on Friday night.
Reed's pair of misses were the cappers on a rough night for Diablo kickers. Bryan Morris had earlier missed a 21-yard chip shot which could have given Mission Viejo a 10-0 late in the second quarter, and later was short and wide on a conversion try which would have tied the contest as the fourth period opened.
Mission Viejo (0-2) dominated play in the first period, holding the Indians to but six yards in as many plays, and took a 7-0 lead when halfback Darrin Sweazy capped a 73-yard drive with a 15-yard sweep around left end.
Hart (1-1) had just enough time to get back into the game by halftime. Quarterback Jim Bonds, who had a miserable night passing, due in part to a bothersome knee injury, finally managed to get the Indians into Mission Viejo territory in the final seconds of the half, setting up a 40-yard halfback pass from Darren Renfro to Bryan Milner with four seconds to play.
The Indians then opened the second half with a 70-yard drive in 11 plays with fullback Andy Iacenda getting the go-ahead score on a one-yard dive. Jim Harper added his second conversion of the night, a kick that was to prove decisive.
Mission Viejo, which appeared to have gone stagnant offensively at that point, got new life when a fair catch interference penalty on a Hart punt gave them the ball at the Indian 32. Another Hart foul, this time for a late hit, helped move the ball to the one before quarterback Tony Arnone pushed in for the score.
Then came Morris' all-important extra-point try, which wobbled low and wide to the left after a high center snap to holder John Moses.
Hart quarterback Bonds, who had passed for more than 300 yards the previous week, was held to just four completions in 12 attempts for 44 yards by a tough Mission Viejo pass rush and gimpy left knee, which was in a special orthopedic brace.
But Bonds got offensive support from tailback Chris Hite, who rushed for 100 yards in 10 carries, and from Iacenda, who added 74 yards in 20 tries.
Mission Viejo halfback Sweazy paced the Diablo attack with 133 yards in 25 rushes but had only 35 yards on eight carries in the second half.