The defeat also meant a 0-3 season start for Burroughs, the Indians' first since 2007. However, in the wake of the winless start, Knoop said there was definitely strategy behind the tough scheduling.
"I am not excited about 0-3, but I'm excited that we got better play in these teams," said Knoop, referring to the level of competition early in the season. "We're not going to face anybody like Saugus, Canyon and Hart [in Pacific League play]."
Burroughs faced an uphill battle early on.
Two minutes into the game, Hart wide receiver Tim White ripped off a 43-yard run that set up quarterback Cory Mayes' five-yard stroll into the endzone.
The attack wasn't over just yet.
After a field goal from Burroughs' Cristobal Escobar that cut the lead to 7-3 with 3:47 left in first quarter, Mayes returned the favor a minute later with a 38-yard play-action pass to White to increase the advantage to 14-3.
But Burroughs, led by senior quarterback Lucas Yanez, was out to prove it could put up a fight.
Hart (2-1) went up, 21-3, with 2:13 remaining in the half after a Yanez interception set up another Mayes touchdown.
The Burroughs senior quarterback showed he could bounce back, using his arm and legs to give his team hope going into halftime.