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.
For so long, Max Nua was the anonymous little kid wandering around the gym and doing his best to kill time until practice was over.
It's doubtful any athlete grows up wishing he/she could some day compete at a community college.
The Canyon Cowboys baseball team has endured its fair share of struggles this season, but it wasn't about to hand Golden Valley its first league win of the season on Friday afternoon at Canyon High School.
Valencia's Keston Hiura hit two home runs on Friday at Valencia High.
For West Ranch High senior Alex Rassool, the opportunity to walk on at UCLA is a dream come true for a kid who has always been under the radar.
Hart Indians shortstop Nick Valaika redeemed himself in a big way in the series finale against West Ranch.
One of the most sought-after quarterback recruits in Santa Clarita Valley history has made his choice.
This is starting to look like a theme for the Golden Valley Grizzlies.
It wasn't very long ago that Golden Valley head golf coach Tony Moskal was throwing his hands up and singing the blues.
Saugus track and field hasn't been at its best or healthiest all season.
After the West Ranch boys tennis team defeated Valencia 12-6 and denied the Vikings their ninth straight Foothill League title on Thursday at Valencia High, the Wildcats gathered around senior Harrison Collins and sang "Happy Birthday."
For the 13th time in the past 14 years, the Valencia Vikings reign supreme over the Foothill League.