NEWHALL – The area’s most dominant high school football program the past two decades before a relatively disastrous 7-5 season last year, Hart’s revitalization project begins tonight. With a chorus of skeptics ringing in their ears, the Indians (8-2) open the Southern Section Div. II playoffs against Glendora (7-3) at 7:30 today at College of the Canyons seeking to reclaim their dynasty. Hart, which has won eight section titles – five in the past seven years – is among 16 teams vying to reach the Div. II championship game Dec. 9 at Home Depot Center in Carson. “It’s a fresh start. Everyone is 0-0 again,” receiver Troy Yudin said. “We’ve had a tough couple of weeks against Valencia and Canyon. As long as we keep winning from here, I’m OK. We have to forget about the past. It’s a brand-new start. We came to practice on Monday ready to work hard.” Herrington will have none of it, as usual. “I’ve got to use the old cliche, ‘One game at a time,’ ” he said. It’s been a good-news, bad-news week at Hart. Quarterback Tyler Lyon, among the nation’s top recruits, committed to Arizona, which means he can dedicate all of his focus to the here and now. But kicker Paul Weinstein was dismissed from the team in a disciplinary move, and starting running back Delano Howell might not play because of a recurring ankle injury. Hart has eliminated 41 playoff teams during Herrington’s tenure and lost 10 times. Since 1994, Hart never has gone two years without advancing to the quarterfinals. Gerry Gittelson, (661) 257-5218 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Yudin is the Foothill League’s leading receiver (49 receptions, nine TDs), but he has caught just one pass the past two games. Is he primed for a breakout performance? “I could use it,” he said. Hart’s passing numbers are down, and no dominant running back has emerged. Nevertheless, the fourth-seeded Indians are just a whisk or two from being the top seed. A fumble on the 5-yard line in the final minute last week ruined a chance to defeat Canyon, and top-seeded Mission Viejo nearly blew a 24-game winning streak before surviving 7-6 against San Clemente the same night. Hart’s star fell after entering last week ranked No. 2 in the division. Hart is 16-0 in the first round of the playoffs since coach Mike Herrington took over, so it’s almost impossible for Hart followers not to look ahead once the postseason rolls around.