Santa Clarita Christian took a punch to the jaw in the opening quarter against Frazier Mountain.
This game was for the Heritage League championship. Or at least that's how Trinity Classical Academy football head coach Mike Buchanan put it.
It was starting to become a theme for Valencia Vikings football - a sluggish first-half offense gains steam before falling into a rhythm in the second half.
On Friday night at Canyon High, the Canyon Cowboys football team played frustrated and angry while the visiting Saugus Centurions exhibited discipline. And for the better part of the night it appeared that discipline would prevail.
The Hart Indians' offense is known for putting up points in bunches. But against the Golden Valley Grizzlies, both sides of the ball got in the scoring mix.
Valencia and Hart high tennis both took care of business on Thursday and now set up the biggest match of the Foothill League season next Tuesday.
Following the varsity girls race at Thursday's Foothill League cross country meet No. 2 at Central Park, Saugus' Samantha Ortega and her teammates were in a familiar place.
All Foothill League girls volleyball teams are now halfway through the league season.
The Valencia Vikings girls volleyball team is starting to figure out how good it is.
Up two games already and possessing an early lead in the third, Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals sophomore Kylie Brown had a message for her teammates: "Do not let down, let's go!"
After back-to-back losses to the Foothill League's top teams, the West Ranch Wildcats girls tennis team proved its still among the league's upper tier.
In a contest between two teams that were clearly evenly matched, the Valencia Vikings won the battle of endurance.
Valencia junior Lindsey Knudsen took full advantage of her two extra days off from school last week as students were given Monday and Tuesday off for fall break.
The entire CIF-Southern Section Northern Division is now into league play. This is when we should start seeing some significant movement in the polls.
The Valencia Vikings girls tennis program began the second leg of the Foothill League season with a big 12-6 win over the West Ranch Wildcats at West Ranch on Monday in a make-up match for Wednesday's rain-out.
It took the Golden Valley Grizzlies girls basketball team 15 tries and eight seasons, but they finally beat the Saugus Centurions.
There was no reason for the defending league champions to panic after a loss last week.
With both teams entering Tuesday's contest at Golden Valley High School without a Foothill League win, the Saugus Centurions and Golden Valley Grizzlies girls soccer teams saw in each other an opportunity for a major breakthrough.
The kids were excited.
Christian Ware-Berry says he always tries to picture himself making the biggest shots with all the pressure on.
Hart High quarterback Brady White has secured his first offer from a Pac-12 school.
The Santa Clarita Christian School Cardinals boys soccer team has struggled this season, and after taking the field shorthanded on Monday against Yeshiva University of Los Angeles those struggles continued.
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.