Athlete of the Week: Strasburg’s Hart shows poise in victory

Chase Hart Rich Cooley/Daily

STRASBURG — With the game on the line, Strasburg sophomore quarterback Chase Hart needed to stay calm, cool and collected — and he did.

Hart helped guide the Rams on a game-winning drive in the final minutes of the game to help give the Rams a 22-21 victory over George Mason. Hart said it was a stressful drive, but he was glad with the way things turned out.

“It was definitely something to be a part of,” Hart said earlier this week. “It was pretty cool.”

Hart, The Northern Virginia Daily’s Athlete of the Week for the week of Oct. 2-8, threw for 255 yards on 15-for-26 passing and a touchdown in the win.

Hart completed a solid day with the game-winning 2-point conversion throw to Grant Scott.

“We’ve been working on this one route,” Hart said. “We just had Grant lined up man-to-man and decided to go with that side. He ran a good route, made a good catch and we won.”

Strasburg coach Mark Roller said he was very happy with how Hart played and the way he led the team on the final drive.

“I think the biggest thing that I saw was there at the end he stayed poised and composed, didn’t let things really rattle him and get to him,” Roller said. “That was the most impressive thing about Friday night.”

Most of the season Hart has been in a quarterback battle with fellow sophomore Dylan Hamrick. Two weeks ago, Hart was named the starter and he has played well for the Rams since then.

Hart said battling Hamrick for the starting job helped him get better.

“It was good competition,” Hart said. “We pushed each other a lot, faced some adversity in games, and came through it. We’re still good friends.”

Last year Hart transferred to Sherando and was the quarterback on the Warriors’ junior varsity team.

He said the experience of playing at Sherando last season was good and that Sherando varsity head coach Bill Hall helped him out a lot.

“Coach Hall really taught me a lot. It was fun,” Hart said. “He taught me a lot about reading defenses, and just being a good teammate and being a leader. It was a good experience. It definitely helped me to get ready for varsity.”

Roller said one of Hart’s biggest strengths is his arm strength.

“I think people don’t realize how strong of an arm he has,” Roller said. “To be able to throw the quick game the way that he does. And then to be able to get the ball down the field. I think those are the intangibles that he has. And he’s starting to learn coverages and where the ball needs to go. So those things are going to come in time. But he’s doing a good job of understanding where we want him to throw the football.”

For the season, Hart has thrown for 777 yards on 46-for-91 passing with five touchdowns.

Hart said he’s been helped a lot by Strasburg’s wide receivers. Last week, Strasburg’s Brody Tomblin had six catches for 146 yards.

He said his main team goal is for the Rams to win the Bull Run District title and make the playoffs.

Hart said he wants to keep improving and help the team as much as he can.

“I just want to work hard every day,” Hart said. “And just be the best teammate I can be, and deliver the ball good and just win games.”

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