No one had to tell Valencia or Hart to get fired up.
Saugus beat Golden Valley 42-26 at Canyon High School on Friday night, but the 26 points scored by the Grizzlies were more than they have scored the entire season.
"This is big for our program," said Golden Valley head coach Andy Campbell. "We know we can compete. The kids are starting to figure it out."
West Ranch had seen this before.
A long drive mounted late in the game by a tradition-rich Foothill League program, a drive that would snatch victory away.
At West Ranch's final match of the regular season, there were balloons, dessert tables and other assorted decorations.
There was plenty to celebrate for the Wildcats, who clinched a share of their first Foothill League championship with a 14-4 victory over Canyon Thursday at West Ranch High School.
Valencia finished off its eighth consecutive season with at least a share of the Foothill League crown with a 17-1 win at Valencia High on Thursday.
Hart girls volleyball needed this one.
Valencia and Hart have played some of the most meaningful Foothill League football games this decade.
As Foothill League play began, even Valencia head coach Ray Sanchez had someone else pegged to win the league title.
The Hart girls tennis team closed out the regular season by defeating Golden Valley 13-5 Thursday at Hart High School.
Back-to-back Foothill League 50-yard freestyle champion Michelle Duraj has verbally committed to the University of Denver, becoming Golden Valley's first swimmer to earn a scholarship.
West Ranch got one step closer to claiming its piece of the Foothill League title.
The Wildcats defeated Golden Valley 11-1 in a wind-shortened match at Golden Valley High.
The streaks keep falling.
Last Thursday, it was Valencia's 56-match Foothill League winning streak that fell.
Don't sleep on Saugus girls volleyball.
Despite coming into Tuesday's match fourth in the Foothill League, the Centurions planted themselves squarely in the playoff picture with a 3-1 victory over West Ranch at Saugus High.
It has been said that it is lonely at the top.
But with contributions from everyone on the court, there is nothing lonely about it for Valencia girls volleyball.
The numbers for Golden Valley football are devastating.
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.
Usually, coaches try their best to be politically correct when talking to reporters.
The group of girls who anchor Golden Valley's successful track and field team aren't looking for anyone's congratulations.
In a very trying season for the Valencia baseball program, Keston Hiura has been a very welcomed story.