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SCV football Week 1: Everybody’s in now

Hart faces Tesoro in week’s top matchup; 3 Foothill teams debut

Posted: August 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Hart High players line up for team drills during a practice on Aug. 13 at Hart High School. This week, Hart travels to face Tesoro. Hart High players line up for team drills during a practice on Aug. 13 at Hart High School. This week, Hart travels to face Tesoro.
Hart High players line up for team drills during a practice on Aug. 13 at Hart High School. This week, Hart travels to face Tesoro.

We can now say that football is really under way with the Santa Clarita Valley’s teams.

Three Foothill League teams debut this week as CIF-Southern Section Northern Division No. 1 Hart plays the premier division in the Southern Section when it takes on the Pac 5’s No. 4 team, Tesoro in Rancho Santa Margarita on Friday at 7 p.m.

Hart head coach Mike Herrington didn’t deny that this, even though its the team’s opener, is a special game.

“It’s definitely a big challenge,” he said. “We’re looking forward to the challenge. It’s going to be a tough game.”

Tesoro made it to the Pac-5 semifinals last season, where it lost 51-16 to San Clemente.

Herrington said he saw the Titans beat Compton 55-14 last Friday in Tesoro’s home opener and a lot of the pieces from last year’s team that defeated Hart 35-21 are still around.

The Indians scrimmaged Simi Valley last week and Herrington said the offense was firing on all cylinders, as Hart jumped up 31-7 midway through the second quarter — though scores weren’t being kept.

Because of the heat, Hart hasn’t been able to go full throttle in practice this week.

Nonetheless, this game is more than just a preleague matchup.

In the initial preseason SoCal CIF State Bowl Game rankings, Hart was rated the No. 7 team in Division II South.
A win against Tesoro would build the Indians’ quality of wins this season.

Tesoro is the No. 5 team in the stronger Division I South.

“A game like this, win or lose, we’re going to come out ahead because we know where we stand, what we need to work on,” Herrington said.

West Ranch at Burbank at Burroughs High, tonight at 7 p.m.

The Wildcats lost 31-0 last Thursday in their season opener to perennial power Moorpark.

The Musketeers gave West Ranch’s offense little room to operate in the game.

Today, the Wildcats are facing a Bulldog team coming off a 39-3 thrashing of Chatsworth.

Burbank was 4-6 last season.

Golden Valley vs. Royal at Canyon High, Friday at 7 p.m.

The Grizzlies have a tougher schedule this year than last.

With that being said, there won’t be better opportunities for a win than Friday against Royal or in Week 3 vs. Agoura.

Of the two games, this is the home game.

The Grizzlies will debut quarterback Chase Lewis, a talented and athletic player who will have to shoulder the load for the offense this season.

Royal is also making its season debut.

The Highlanders went 4-6 last year.

These two teams have met the last three seasons.

Royal is 3-0 with a 36-0 win in 2009, a 20-19 win in 2010 and a 27-14 victory last year.

Valencia vs. Palmdale at Valencia High, Friday at 7 p.m.

The three-time defending Foothill League champion Vikings face Palmdale for the sixth straight season.

Their Northern Division rival hasn’t fared well against Valencia.

The Vikings are 5-0 since 2007 against the Falcons, including a 17-0 blanking last season.

This is the debut of what should be one of the valley’s top offenses, led by improved senior quarterback Sean Murphy.

Palmdale beat Burroughs 40-0 last Friday.

Saugus vs. Simi Valley at College of the Canyons, Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Centurions had to hang on last week to beat Calabasas after leading 18-6 at halftime.

Saugus won 18-15, but made mistakes in the secondary and turned the ball over four times.

Simi Valley makes its season debut after being overwhelmed by Hart in a scrimmage last week.

The Pioneers were 6-4 last season.

Canyon at Clovis West at Buchanan High Veteran’s Stadium, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

It’s a rarity for a Foothill League team to play a Central Section team, but Canyon head coach Rich Gutierrez wanted the challenge and wanted to build team camaraderie with a long trip up to the Fresno area.

Clovis West is 0-1 after losing 27-14 to Merced in its season opener.

The Golden Eagles were 3-8 last season and played two Southern Section foes — a 42-28 loss to Crespi and a 31-14 loss to Edison.

Canyon had little issue with Morningside in a 49-12 season-opening win last Thursday.

Defensive back Zach Cuha intercepted a school-record tying three passes and quarterback Cade Apsay, who spread the ball around and ran well, and running back Dominic Pennucci, who was lightning in the game, made great first varsity impressions.



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