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All-SCV title game has fans on edge

Santa Clarita's focus is on Valencia High School this Friday night

Posted: December 6, 2013 6:22 p.m.
Updated: December 6, 2013 6:22 p.m.
 


Near-freezing temperatures outside weren’t enough to keep Santa Clarita Valley football fans away from this one.


Dr. Paul A. Priesz stadium and the surrounding area at Valencia High School were abuzz in the hours leading up to the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division Championship game between crosstown rivals Valencia and Hart on Friday night.


Both of these teams have played in championship games before, but never at Valencia High School. The atmosphere was electric, the stands nearly full on both the Valencia and Hart sides in the hours before kickoff.


Valencia brought in extra bleachers behind both end zones to bring capacity to an announced total of 6,500.


With fans continuing to file in, and the parking lot jam-packed, it was already looking like the venue would overflow by kickoff. A pair of Valencia fans said they had been waiting outside the stadium at 4 p.m. when the gates first opened.


They said it was a mad scramble to get to their premium 50-yard line seats.


Both sides of this all local championship game pulled out all the stops.


Valencia had the “Beat Hart” t-shirts and held a pregame musical performance and crowd-rallying session.


The visiting Hart section did its talking with banners posted all along the opposite side of the stadium.


Valencia countered with plenty of its own signage. According to the banners, it appears both teams believe they will win.
Both of these teams have played plenty of games on this field through the years, but never like this one.


SPorting events like this don’t come along very often in the SCV.


For one night the entire valley can converge on one place for a Northern Division championship game that has eluded local teams since 2007.


It was a high school game with a college atmosphere.


On Friday night, the SCV was stricken with full on football fever.

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