Their offensive philosophies couldn't be any more different but when Saugus and Westlake meet, you're guaranteed fireworks.
Recently, Saugus High girls golf head coach David Stradling went to bed thinking, "Yeah, maybe my team can compete for a Foothill League title."
Valencia (1-1) defeated Los Angeles City football champions Birmingham (0-3) at Lake Balboa on Friday night 24-0.
Santa Clarita Christian School took down the defending CIF-SS champions in eight-man football on Saturday, downing Joshua Springs, 54-32.
The Cardinals led the entire game from the time Colin Mayhugh returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to the final whistle.
Maybe there's a changing of the guard, or a new sheriff in town or just a whole new world. But whatever is going on, the Golden Valley Grizzlies seem to be the recipient of some pretty good things.
The Foothill League has implemented a new policy and will limit the amount of contact a coach can have with his or her athletes to 10 hours per week Monday through Saturday.
The policy is a response to the elimination on July 1 of CIF-Southern Section By-Law 313 - the Athletic Association Rule.
Elation was felt by the Saugus girls and the Golden Valley boys cross country teams Saturday at the CIF-Southern Section Cross Country Finals at Mt. San Antonio College at Walnut.|
After winning every singles match she played this season, Hart girls tennis ace Anne Susdorf lost for the first time Saturday.
Saugus girls volleyball won the Tri-City championship and stayed undefeated on the season, pulling out a five-set victory over Walnut on Saturday.
As Santa Clarita Christian football coach Garrick Moss thought out loud to himself about how to handle his upcoming week's practice schedule, with his players having the week off from school, junior tailback Collin Keoshian was quick to interrupt with his opinion.
With five touchdown plays of 10 yards or more, five forced turnovers and a whole slew of big hits, one thing's for certain.
Valencia sure knows how to make an entrance.
Saugus football survived its first-round CIF-Southern Section Northern Division game Friday night at Cougar Stadium, beating Righetti of Santa Maria 29-17.
Ryan Zirbel didn't survive it.
ATASCADERO - In the coaching career of Hart High's Mike Herrington, the Indians had never been stopped short of the CIF-Southern Section quarterfinals.
The streak came to a halt in his 20th season Friday night at Atascadero Memorial Stadium in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division postseason.
The sun is going down and a pair of portable lights illuminate part of the Hart High practice field.
Saugus football has already made history.
Casey Burrill, head baseball coach at West Ranch, called his team's 2-1 win over visiting Saugus on Friday a "baseball connoisseur's dream."
Coming off a frustrating, five-game loss to Valencia to start league play, the Saugus Centurions boys volleyball team was determined to rebound in a big way.
Saugus head track and field coach David Russell knew coming into Thursday's first Foothill League meet of the season against Valencia that a lot of the scoring burden would fall on his distance runners.
The Valencia Vikings boys tennis team has sliced through a hot knife through butter thus far in Foothill League play.
It was April 19 of last year when Golden Valley and Canyon boys track and field went at it.
After building up its program for years, the Golden Valley girls track and field team finally reached the pinnacle last year by winning its first Foothill League championship in school history.
The Hart baseball team took advantage of some costly mistakes and rallied to beat visiting West Ranch 5-2 on Wednesday and remain perfect in Foothill League play.
Coming into Wednesday's contest at Golden Valley, Canyon senior first baseman Vincent Fitzgerald hadn't been able to get more than one hit in a game all year.
Valencia Vikings baseball is going to have to pitch to be a Foothill League title contender in 2014 and the Saugus Centurions are going to have to hit to do the same.
The wind didn't seem to bother the Valencia boys tennis on Tuesday as the Vikings beat the Golden Valley Grizzlies 16-2 on a blustery day at Golden Valley High.
It was about as wild an affair as a high school swim meet could possibly be on Tuesday afternoon in the Foothill League opener for Valencia and Saugus at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center.
It only took one game for West Ranch boys volleyball to get back into its Foothill League groove.
For the first time in years, the waters look murky for the Hart boys swim team.
On paper, the Foothill League title race will come down to perhaps the valley's two biggest rivals: Hart versus Valencia.
It's hard to stand out when you're a swimmer at Hart High School.