High School Football
The high school football season started with a thud for three teams from the Foothill League. It started with a bang for the two newest teams in the Foothill League.
Hart, the reigning CIF Southern Section Northern Division champion, lost on the road to Chino Hills, 63-48. The Indians lost in a painful way too, blowing a 21-point lead.
Hart moved into the newly formed West Valley Division and was ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section preseason poll. Chino Hills is also in the West Valley Division. This could be a playoff preview.
On the plus side, Hart quarterback Brady White had a record-setting night in the opener. He threw for a school record 537 yards in the loss.
Another positive note is that receiver Trent Irwin had 238 receiving yards.
But it doesn’t get any easier for Hart in its next game. The Indians take on Chaminade, the reigning CIF Division II state champions.
West Ranch opened the season with an impressive 42-17 win over San Marcos. West Ranch quarterback Chase Killingsworth had a nice night passing. He threw five touchdown passes, three to Brendan Moskal. More importantly, Killingsworth had no interceptions.
Golden Valley opened the season with a 45-17 blowout win over Granada Hills. Golden Valley doesn’t get to boast a winning record very often. The team and its fans better enjoy it while it lasts.
The Golden Valley ground game was running in full force. Three Golden Valley running backs combined for five touchdowns on the ground. Shane Tamura had three touchdowns and 104 rushing yards on 11 carries.
Saugus, the early season favorite behind Hart and Valencia to earn automatic playoff bids in the Foothill League, lost to Simi Valley in a heartbreaker. The Centurions lost to Simi, 48-44, at College of the Canyons.
Canyon stumbled out of the gate big time against Westlake, 44-17. Canyon was down, 37-3, at one point and never challenged the Marmonte League powerhouse.
The Valencia High football team did not play in the first week of high school football. But they are ranked No. 5 in the CIF Southern Section West Valley Division preseason poll.
The first week of high school football in the Santa Clarita Valley unveiled plenty of surprises. Here’s a look at how the rest of the season might play out.
Hart is still the top dog in the Foothill League. The Indians have a tough schedule before the Foothill League season starts.
Hart might be 0-2 after playing Chaminade on Friday night. But the Indians could rattle off their next eight games in a row. Hart is still the favorite to win the Foothill League championship.
Valencia is the odds on favorite to finish behind Hart in the Foothill League. Heck, they are talented enough to beat Hart for the Foothill League title.
The real battle in the Foothill League will be for third place.
Saugus looked like the early favorite, after making an unlikely run to the CIF Southern Section Northern Division semifinals last season. But, Saugus is off to a bad start.
All of a sudden West Ranch looks like it’s a team to be reckoned with. If West Ranch is as explosive as it was in the first week, the rest of the Foothill League will be in for a surprise.
Canyon has plenty of talent, but looks like it lacks experience. The Westlake coaches said Canyon’s defense presented some match-up problems. Westlake wasn’t able to run all the offensive plays it wanted to. In that regard, there is hope for Canyon. The defense might be good enough to keep the team in games. The offense needs to score some touchdowns though.
Golden Valley has a nice win against Granada Hills. The team is still in search of its first Foothill League win. Baby steps for these Grizzlies. One win in league would make their season, but they are far from being a playoff team.
The Santa Clarita Christian football team is off to a hot start, especially quarterback Jonathan Saavedra. He accounted for nine touchdowns in Santa Clarita Christian’s 68-20 win over Lutheran from Chula Vista in their season opener. Saavedra set school records with 529 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns. He rushed for two touchdowns and 28 yards. He accounted for 557 yards of total offense all on his own.
Cameron Lewis caught four touchdown passes. Freshman Michael Uribe caught two passes, both for touchdowns, and had 107 receiving yards.
High School Volleyball
The Valencia Girls Volleyball team is ranked No. 5 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1A preseason poll. Valencia opens its season against Notre Dame Academy from Los Angeles on Sept. 8.
Aliso Niguel is the No. 1 ranked team in the Southern Section Division 1A preseason poll.
The Santa Clarita Christian Girls team is ranked No. 2 in the Southern Section Division 5AA preseason poll. Santa Clarita Christian opens against Vasquez High on Thursday.
La Sierra Academy is the No. 1 team in the Southern Section Division 5AA preseason poll.
Tim Haddock is the sports director at KHTS AM 1220. He writes for the Ventura County Star and the Team USA website. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @thaddock.