Le Roy and Mike Hart
Submitted by Brian Hillabush on November 5, 2008 - 3:24pm
Back in 2002, the Le Roy football team went to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association semifinals.
We are still a few weeks away from this level of play, but both Le Roy and Oakfield-Alabama will get a shot to make the state final four.
That game was an epic one and one of the greatest high school football games every played, with powerhouse Onondaga beating the Oatkan Knights 13-10.
Mike Hart - who went on to star at Michigan and is a rookie with the Indianapolis Colts this year - was the biggest name in New York football. He set all kinds of records and was an almost larger than life figure.
He didn't disappoint. Le Roy did a good job of holding him to just 123 yards and a touchdown, but the touchdown run came at the right time of the game. Late in the fourth quarter, Hart broke six tackles and ran it in from 63 yards to give Onondaga the trip to the finals, which they also won.
He also caused four turnovers on the defensive side of the ball.
Le Roy fans are as loyal as any and those that attended this game remember it as a tough loss for the kids, but also remember that they witnessed something special.
Here is a copy of Hart's amazing touchdown run.