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SCV still a football powerhouse

Posted: December 7, 2013 3:25 p.m.
Updated: December 7, 2013 3:25 p.m.
 

Redemption. That’s what 2013 was for the Santa Clarita Valley as a football community.

Remember last year. No high school team played in a CIF final. Just three Foothill League teams made the Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. College of the Canyons was good, not great. It was searching for the sort of relevancy it had when it was a state power in the mid-2000s.

Now we can reflect on this season.

COC had its finest season since 2009 with an 8-3 record under interim head coach and former Hart High superstar running back Ted Iacenda.

Not one, but two CIF titles — Hart’s first in 10 years and Trinity Classical Academy’s first. Four Foothill League teams made the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. Three of the final four teams were from the SCV — Hart, Valencia and Saugus. We had the first all-valley final since 2005, when Canyon beat Hart in what is considered by many the greatest football game in Santa Clarita Valley history.

Now it has a rival.

Hart defeated Valencia 28-21 Friday night in a game that came down to the last 14 seconds. Bigger than just the game, Hart-Valencia was an event that took over the Santa Clarita Valley one week after the death of actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas gave the SCV a different identity.

The Hart-Valencia event helped the SCV take its old identity back — the identity of a sports community that produces spectacular athletes, unrivaled coaching and above all else, memorable teams.

Now throw in what Trinity did the week before — a 47-0 beating of Joshua Springs at Valencia High in CIF-SS Division II 8-man championship and we have two CIF football champions in the same year for the first time since 1983.

Thirty years ago, Canyon and Hart won CIF titles on consecutive days. It was those two days, Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, 1983, that gave birth to what we’ve seen this year. It’s apropos that in a year when both schools recognized those teams and held separate reunions that the SCV’s football teams show again what this area is all about.

We’d like to congratulate not only Hart and Trinity for their CIF championships, but every school in the valley that contributed to a special season.

Guess what football world, we’re back.

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