Heading into week three of Foothill league action, Valencia and Hart stood atop the standings with records of 2-0 while Canyon and Saugus were still very much in the hunt at 1-1.
This weeks match-ups pitted Valencia against West Ranch, Hart against Golden Valley and Canyon against Saugus.
The Vikings looked strong once again on Friday night as the dismantled the West Ranch Wildcats, winning 41-0.
The Vikings built a 27 point first half lead on the shoulders of QB Cole Parkinson who threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns on 16-22 passing on the night at the Vikings improved to 3-0 on the season..
Valencia also got contributions from Jay Jay Wilson and Matthew Pham who both ran for touchdowns in the ballgame.
The Wildcats, who fell to 0-3, struggled all around as they were shorthanded, missing Brando Phillips and Nathan Bultman.
West Ranch will next play Golden Valley while Valencia will have what is likely to be their toughest test of the season against the Canyon Cowboys.
Hart didn’t need a second half comeback to win this week, but still were given a tough test by Golden Valley, escaping with a 38-24 victory.
Hart built a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdown passes from Brady White to Dominic Carillo and Trenton Irwin, but Golden Valley would not roll over.
The Grizzlies pulled within seven when Victor Corona found Julian Torres in the end zone to make it 14-7.
Hart would struggle on offense despite putting up 31 points, turning the ball over two times in the first half and another time in the second to allow the Grizzlies to hang around.
Hart would eventually win out on defense when Trent Irwin iced the game with under 3 minutes remaining on 37 yard interception for a touchdown, giving the Indians a 38-24 victory.
Despite three turnovers, White showed he is still a force on offense, passing for 336 yards and three touchdowns on 18-28 passing while rushing for 112 yards on 19 carries.
The 3-0 Indians will next play Saugus while Golden Valley will go head to head with West Ranch as both teams look for their first wins of the season.
Canyon slips by Saugus, stays one game back of Valencia and Hart(Highlights Here)
In what turned out to be a penalty filled affair with the teams combining for 31 penalties for 286 yards, the Canyon Cowboys were able to improve their record to 2-1 and stay in contention for the Foothill League championship.
Neither team had any rhythm due to the penalties forcing the game to come down to the final moments.
After a poorly called fake punt to turn the ball over, the Canyon defense was able to stop a driving Centurion offense when Louis Eusebi’s pass when through his recievers hands right into Dorsley Virgio’s, icing the game for the Cowboys.
Despite the penalties, Cowboy QB Miles Fallin continued to show his strength, passing for two touchdowns on the night, one to Travis Reiner and the other to Isreal Cabrera.
With the loss Saugus drops to 1-2 and puts themselves into a tough position heading into the final three weeks, looking to secure the third and final Foothill League playoff spot in the CIF Southern Sections West Valley division.