The Santa Clarita Christian football team entered Heritage League play with sub-.500 record, banged-up and struggling to score after a 48-0 mercy-rule loss Oct. 10 to Windward.
Not an off night from the star running back. Not a swell of penalties. Not even the defending league champions.
Nothing could keep Valencia from clinching at least a share of the Foothill League championship.
West Ranch football was right there.
Trading blows with tradition-rich Hart into the second half Friday night at Valencia High.
Something had to give as Canyon and Golden Valley football squared off in a matchup of two teams looking for their first win of the season.
Whatever was holding the Cowboys back entering the contest promptly fell by the wayside.
Just when things were starting to turn around for Saugus football, they go back the other way.
Not only are the Centurions, who have won two straight games after losing five in a row, playing highly touted Valencia tonight at 7:30 at College of the Canyons, but they have also lost their starting quarterback for the season.
Valencia girls volleyball finished off an eighth straight Foothill League championship season with a three-set win over Golden Valley on Thursday at home, 25-10, 25-16, 25-12.
The victory clinched an outright league crown for the Vikings (15-9, 9-1).
Golden Valley and Canyon will both be looking for their first win tonight, but the two schools enter the game on very different notes.
The Grizzlies lost to Saugus last week but scored 26 points in the second half, which is more than they had scored all season.
West Ranch football is somewhere it has wanted to be for a long time.
Saugus celebrated its Senior Night Thursday with a 3-0 victory over Canyon at Saugus High School.
The Centurions won by scores of 25-18, 25-11 and 25-14.
Two days, four matches, 52 games and one Foothill League doubles championship capped off a solid tennis performance for Valencia's Emily and Clarice Fraczek.
Hart's Anne Susdorf also proved Thursday she still has the top swing in singles by taking a hard-fought 6-4, 6-3 showdown with West Ranch's Ana Lucia Fuentes to claim her second straight league title.
It's possible the turning point of West Ranch girls volleyball's season came in its regular-season finale.
After dropping the match's first two games, the Wildcats battled back to take a 3-2 nailbiter over Hart on Thursday at West Ranch High School, and in the process, claimed a share of second place and the No. 2 seed for the CIF-Southern Section playoffs coming out of the Foothill League.
Thursday's Foothill League cross country finals were the culmination of the league season.
But in several respects, the real season is about to begin.
There were several new faces at this year's Foothill League prelims on Wednesday, but by the end of two rounds, the singles bracket looked a lot like last year - minus the Vikings.
If it's the biggest football game of his life, he won't admit it.
From the outside, it would seem like West Ranch's Chris Gaw and Noah Morrow are at a disadvantage going into today's CIF-Southern Section Individual Tennis Sectionals.
After a nearly two week break, it's finally time for the home stretch to this year's boys tennis season.
Mike Killinger, who took over as interim Valencia High baseball head coach when Jared Snyder was put on a leave of absence on March 21, has been hired to take over the job on a permanent basis.
With so much attention being paid to Saugus' Abbey Weitzeil, it's hard to blame anyone who may not have noticed a freshman doing spectacular things over at Valencia.
Last year the Santa Clarita Christian baseball team was booted from the postseason by Riverside Christian.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Blame was never an option.
Golden Valley sophomore Jonathan Kang helped extend what has been a yearlong barrage of milestones for the school's golfing program.
One of Major League Baseball's biggest stories last week was Valencia High graduate and Detroit Tigers infielder Danny Worth pitching twice and displaying an impressive knuckleball.
It's been one of those anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better seasons for Valencia junior Kyle Ensing.
A year ago it all looked like the tide was shifting among the local high school volleyball scene.
There are no more.
NORWALK – The Santa Clarita Valley's CIF title drought – if you can call it that – is over in track and field.
The headliner for Saugus softball all season has been in the pitcher's circle.