HESPERIA – In the blink of an eye, fans could have easily missed Santa Clarita Christian's first touchdown on Friday night.
There would be no overtime dramatics in Valencia's matchup with Thousand Oaks on Friday.
It wasn't supposed to happen again.
Valencia football had one close call this season - and it was against tonight's opponent in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs.
Last season was the first year under Hart head football coach Mike Herrington that the Indians failed to make it out of the first round of CIF-Southern Section division playoffs.
Has it been detailed enough?
Their grass gives a slight disadvantage over the turf.
Before the season began, the list of the Foothill League's top wide receivers was fairly distinguished.
There was Valencia's Zach Tartabull, who led the league in receiving in 2008.
Valencia girls tennis was denied a fifth straight trip to the CIF-Southern Section Division III finals with a 9-9 (81-76 on games) loss to San Luis Obispo High (19-1) in the quarterfinals Tuesday.
The 2009 CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs have a familiar feel.
Personal goals were never mentioned throughout the season.
Last season, the Foothill League failed to send a representative to a CIF championship game for the first time since 1997.
Valencia girls tennis continues to roll through the CIF Division III playoffs, scoring a convincing 16-2 second-round victory over Paramount on Saturday at Paramount.
WALNUT - The Foothill League has a reputation as one of the best cross country leagues in the state of California.
The tone was set on the first play of the game.
History continues to repeat itself when Saugus swimmer Abbey Weitzeil dives into the water at the CIF-Southern Section Division I prelims, which took place Thursday at the Riverside Aquatics Complex ahead of Saturday's final.
One win away from a co-Foothill League title, Saugus left little doubt about its chances on Thursday afternoon at Golden Valley High School.
The freshmen were shining again for the West Ranch boys tennis team in its match against St. Margaret's High on Wednesday.
When we were lauding J.J. Holen for his performances as a West Ranch High golfer, it was because of the superb golf scores he turned in on a consistent basis from his freshman to senior year.
Understandably, Santa Clarita Christian has no history when it comes to achievements in the pool.
Junior pitcher Sean O'Shea hasn't been used much on the mound this season after recovering from a shoulder injury suffered during football season. But he made the most of his opportunity and led the West Ranch Wildcats out of trouble on Tuesday at Canyon High School and into the win column.
Saugus waited until the end to remove the drama from Tuesday's Foothill League showdown with Canyon at Canyon High School, but when they made their move, they did it in a big way.
It's fitting that Hart High baseball clinched at least a share of the Foothill League championship with a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Saugus Centurions on Tuesday at Hart High School - the Indians first title since 2008.
Valencia boys volleyball showed a propensity for winning close matches during Foothill League play this season.
Hart boys tennis was one set away from a perfect start to the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs, beating the visiting Buena Park High team in the wild-card round on Tuesday.
It's hard not to get wrapped up in watching Saugus swimmer Abbey Weitzeil go.
In every match, every set and every point, Valencia seniors Sam Rebele and Ravi Jayanthi know they have to keep their energy and enthusiasm levels high.
By the end of this week, we could have multiple Foothill League baseball champions.
Last year, we had zero boys golfers advance from the first round of the CIF postseason.
The CIF-Southern Section Division II boys tennis playoffs brackets include four Foothill League teams.