Tuesday's matchup between the Foothill League's two unbeaten teams turned into the thriller everyone expected.
With two teams trying to prove the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, one team also showed its still alive in the race for a Foothill League title.
The intensity in the Hart versus Canyon girls soccer contest Tuesday may have matched its rivalry-game level, but the goal totals didn't.
Valencia picked up its first Foothill League victory Tuesday, defeating West Ranch 80-65 on the Wildcats home floor.
Saugus is still searching for its first Foothill League win of the season.
After a first half dominated by perimeter play, the Hart Indians decided to pound the paint in the second half and defeated Canyon 59-46 at Canyon High Tuesday night.
Saugus quarterback Desi Rodriguez verbally committed to the Air Force Academy earlier this month following a home visit from Falcons defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.
"The education is like an Ivy League school, and I get to play football in Division I. You can't beat that," Rodriguez said.
It has been a little over three years since Austin Civita and Canyon High defeated Hart, 21-13 to win the CIF-State title in 2005.
Now, Civita has three days to prepare for his latest opportunity.
You want crazy, the Foothill League will give you crazy - Michael Jackson crazy.
You got scandal, surprise and lots of scoring - all in week one of the winter season.
After seeing the women's team rout Hope International Saturday, The Master's College men's decided to do the same.
The Mustangs shook off a slow start to close the first half on a 30-12 run and kept up the intensity in the second half to earn an 89-71 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over the Royals.
Hart knew before tip-off Friday night that it had lost the services of its best player.
In a game of momentum swings, the last swing went to Hart – along with a coveted Foothill League win.
Physical play and hot outside shooting keyed Saugus to a 70-63 win over West Ranch on Friday night at home.
After a 68-55 win over Canyon at Golden Valley High Friday night, the Grizzlies further proved that they are for real.
After a loss to Valencia on Tuesday afternoon, Centurion head coach Lisa Rollo realized something important.
With his 6-7 loss to Golden Valley's Brandon Yu on Tuesday, Valencia's No. 1 singles player Chad LeDuff saw his perfect streak through the Foothill League come to an end.
The Valencia baseball team is on a roll.
West Ranch baseball dominated Golden Valley on Wednesday at Golden Valley High 13-0.
The Hart swim team wasn't wasting any time in moving on from last week's disappointing finishes against Valencia.
The Golden Valley boys tennis team may have lost 12-6 to Valencia on Tuesday at Valencia High, but the Grizzlies took the set of the day.
Battling through adversity is another sign of the improvement the Canyon Cowboys boys volleyball team has made throughout the season.
It's unlikely softball purists would have been satisfied with the way things ended between defending Foothill League champion West Ranch and title-contender Saugus on Tuesday. But the Wildcats aren't about to complain.
Call it the forgotten victory – Valencia 91, Hart 79, March 22, 2006.