Like most teams in the Foothill League, the Valencia Vikings junior varsity squad tries to replicate the somewhat-complicated schemes of its varsity counterpart as much as possible.
The proliferation of the spread offense in the Santa Clarita Valley dates back to the 1990s when Hart High School annually had one of the state's most prolific offenses.
There's still a bitter taste in the mouths of the Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals this season.
Canyon High freshman football head coach Alex Reinwald is a busy man. Reinwald - a linebacker for Canyon in 2002 and 2003 - is not only coaching the Cowboys' frosh team, he's also Canyon's varsity offensive coordinator. But while Reinwald's varsity offense may rely heavily on the pass, his freshmen on the other hand, may be most effective on the ground this season. The Cowboys are three deep at running back, headlined by Henry Arellano, ...
Canyon junior varsity head coach Frank Nelson has two goals for his team this season. "Our goals are to be league champions and to prepare the guys for varsity football," Nelson said. As freshmen last season, the majority of the JV team finished in third place with a 6-4 overall record at the lower level in 2012. Nelson coached the freshman last season, and how now moved up to JV with the team. "Last year ...
Come on. Really? Twins playing basically the same position? So you're going to tell us Canyon High that Israel and Liam Cabrera are now the team's starting slot receivers and safeties? Because they're twins - right? Just because they both like the same kind of music, share the same classes, look alike, sound alike, and like the same kind of foods doesn't mean you have to put them in similar roles. No, Canyon head coach ...
There will be a familiar name on the field for the Hart freshman team this season, and like his older brother, he'll be playing on both sides of the ball.
Hart High junior varsity head coach Dan Cota believes he has a quarterback and running back that could have success at the varsity level right away.
"Maniac." "Scary." "Crazy." "Nuts." "Beast." Who is Hart linebacker Garrett Updegraft? According to multiple Indians' teammates, he's all of those things. But on the football field, that's definitely not a bad thing. "Just the way he plays. He plays with such a motor," says Hart offensive and defensive lineman Blake Porter. "It's crazy, almost like he's possessed. A million miles an hour on every play. You have to be aware of him." And that's because ...
For the second straight season, Hart begins the season ranked No. 1 in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division.
The Saugus football program constantly strives for stability, and that starts at the freshman level.
Expectations will be presumably low for Saugus junior varsity football this year. At least that's based on the performance of last year's Saugus freshman team, which went 2-8. But that lack of expectation from the outside is just fine with third-year JV head coach Steve Pearson. "When we took the team, it was one of those, 'Wow, we've got our work cut out for us,'" Pearson said. "But I'm going to be honest, we found ...
Somewhere beneath the surface, this flannel wearing, truck-driving, fun-loving kid has an edge.
Just like the varsity team, the West Ranch freshman will be led by a new head coach this season. Sean Delaney is in his first year with the Wildcats' program and it seems that he has learned as much about the new West Ranch culture as his players. "It's been interesting, trying to learn a new system, new kids, new school and new way of doing things," Delaney said. "It's been kind of hectic, ...
For the first time in school history, the West Ranch junior varsity program will be running the same offensive and defensive schemes as the varsity squad. And while first-year head coach Sean Bridges knew that it would take some extra time for his players to pick up varsity schemes, he has no doubt that they will be ready play at a high level this season.
At this point, Golden Valley girls golf has the lead and will need to close things out on Oct. 22 and 23 in the final two league matches in order to win its first Foothill League championship.
It's not often an athlete truly comes out of nowhere to the surprise of rival players and coaches around the valley.
For both the Foothill and Bay leagues, last week's games were the final tuneup before league play, and the leagues' two top teams sit at the top of the latest CIF-Southern Section Northern Division rankings.
It was clear from the start what kind of day it would be for the Trinity Knights when they hosted the Ojai Valley Spuds on Saturday at Ojai Valley High School.
CAMARILLO - Down by four points with 3:23 remaining in the fourth quarter, Saugus Centurions running back Blake Austin dove over right tackle at the 1-yard line to give his team what appeared to be a game-clinching first-and-goal opportunity against a reeling Camarillo Scorpions football team. But on a windy Friday night when offense was in short supply, the Scorpions defense held Saugus just short enough - squashing the Centurions' desperate comeback bid with ...
CHATSWORTH - For at least one night this season, the Golden Valley Grizzlies football team can feel like a perennial powerhouse.
One week after surrendering more points than it had in its first three games combined, the motivated Canyon defense bolstered the Cowboys to a 28-0 win over the Steele Canyon Cougars on Friday, some 175 miles from home in Spring Valley.
SANTA MONICA - The Hart Indians faced another challenge on Friday night, and they didn't flinch.
VALLEY GLEN - The Loyola Cubs may have dominated time of possession, but it was a span of just 32 seconds that decided their game with the Valencia Vikings on Friday night at Los Angeles Valley College. Valencia fumbled the kickoff after Loyola had regained the lead late in the third quarter, and Cubs running back Nico Evans punched in his fourth of five rushing touchdowns on the night in an eventual 39-20 victory. "The ...
Canyon (3-1) at Steele Canyon (2-2)
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Valencia girls volleyball marched into Golden Valley's gym, played three efficient games and then quickly shuffled out.
Three football coaches with Santa Clarita Valley ties are part of a poll to determine the best coach in the state of California.