WESTLAKE - It took all of six game minutes and one possession for Valencia to get on the scoreboard.
It wasn't much longer until the game got out of hand.
Saugus football is set for a second date in the semifinals.
Centurions senior quarterback Desi Rodriguez did it all on Friday night at Cougar Stadium leading Saugus to a 35-28 win over Thousand Oaks in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division Northern Division playoffs.
A high-powered offense was not quite enough for West Ranch on Friday, in a 41-31 loss at Beverly Hills High School.
Wildcat quarterback Jake Bernards passed for 348 yards and two touchdowns as WRHS fell to 1-2 this season.
Penalties, turnovers and a trick play sealed Canyon's doom on Friday night as the team dropped a 35-24 decision to Thousand Oaks on the road.
The loss evens Canyon's season record at 2-2.
Golden Valley's defense recovered three fumbles and intercepted two passes in Friday night's game at Harry Welch Stadium on the Canyon High campus.
Normally, that leads to a victory for most high school football teams, but not this time.
Attention Foothill League, there's a new Vereen in town.
Hart's Spencer Souza tried to do it all himself.
Unfortunately, he was outshined by Westlake's backup quarterback, as the Indians lost to the Warriors, 42-20, in a non-league game Friday at Thousand Oaks.
Offense was abundant in the first quarter of Saugus' matchup with Alemany, but a lackluster second half and controversy proved to be just what the Warriors needed on Friday night.
One of the most decorated cross country teams in California will attempt to win its third straight CIF State Cross Country championship.
It will do so with four returning three-milers and one strong new addition.
It was the perfect way to start the season.
On the first play of their first game, senior quarterback Dominick Solley hit junior wide receiver Zach Tartabull for a 57-yard gain.
Things are starting to look familiar for Valencia.
Preparations for the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division quarterfinals are under way.
Saugus head coach Jason Bornn never doubted his team could duplicate its success from last season.
Although others did.
Saugus (2-0) vs. Alemany (2-0) at COC
For the Golden Valley boys cross country team becoming the first team in school history to reach any state competition did not begin Saturday in the CIF-Southern Section Division III Cross Country Finals, where they finished as the seventh and final qualifying team.
Where and when the Canyon Cowboys girls soccer team's season will end will remain a mystery until it happens, but looking ahead it's hard for Canyon fans not to be excited about the team's potential to win big matches late in the season.
Valencia girls basketball relied heavily on the rookies Tuesday.
Canyon Cowboys boys basketball head coach Sean DeLong said he wanted to see his team bounce back after its disappointing blowout loss to Valencia on Tuesday.
Golden Valley High boys basketball nearly ended the streak.
West Ranch showed it can score, Canyon showed it can pick up a league win, and Hart further demonstrated that it might be the team to beat on Friday.
With a chance to enter the third week of Foothill League competition with a .500 record, the West Ranch Wildcats girls soccer team did what it had to to pick up a 1-0 win over Golden Valley on Friday afternoon at West Ranch high school.
If you were there at Valencia High on Friday night, then you know this isn't going out on a limb: Lewis Stallworth is the best basketball player in the Santa Clarita Valley and thus far his Hart Indians are the best team.
The Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball team's tough preleague schedule paid off in its opening game of Heritage League play.
Bobby Kimble sometimes tells his wife Batreace that it's funny how well things worked out by naming their youngest child "Breze."
The season after football season is in full swing - the recruiting season.
If you haven't had a chance to catch the Albert Einstein Academy Rockets varsity boys basketball team this season, you are missing out on "an exciting brand of basketball where we score a lot of points," according to Einstein head coach Greg Patterson.
That coveted first Foothill League win of the season can sometimes be the toughest one.
The Valencia girls soccer team capitalized on rival Canyon's mistakes, and because of it the Vikings survived on Tuesday evening at Canyon High School.
If this is Valencia Vikings boys basketball, Foothill League favorite Hart will have its hands full on Friday.
Last year was the first indication that Valencia Vikings girls basketball might be gaining ground on the Canyon Cowboys.