VALENCIA – The Foothill League high school football season ends in dramatic fashion, as longtime powers Hart and Canyon go head-to-head for the league title tonight at 7:30 at College of the Canyons. Hart (8-1 overall, 4-0 Foothill) has won seven in a row and looks to reassert itself after finishing third last season following 13 consecutive league titles Canyon (8-1, 4-0), which joined in 1992 after a dominant Golden League run, seeks its first Foothill League championship. Two explosive offenses. Two fiery, hard-hitting defenses. And, of course, two legendary coaches in Hart’s Mike Herrington and Canyon’s Harry Welch. Who could ask for more? A near-capacity crowd of 8,000 is expected, and the teams will need to keep from getting caught up in the hype. It won’t be easy. “We just need to play our football and remain focused,” Canyon quarterback Austin Civita said. Civita gave a strong performance last week in a 49-21 victory over high-powered Valencia. He passed for 162 yards, ran for 92 and accounted for three touchdowns. Civita’s main job, as always, will be to get the football to J.J. DiLuigi, a junior who has rushed for 1,300 yards, caught 16 passes for 335 yards and scored a Canyon single-season record 35 touchdowns – 15 the past three games. “J.J. is awesome and amazing. He’s a great running back,” Civita said. “I like to watch him juke people, because every time he gets the ball, it’s almost a guarantee he’ll do something.” In previous years, Hart has buried most opponents with its passing game – including Canyon during a streak of 13 consecutive victories that was broken last season. Hart is more balanced this season, partly because standout quarterback Tyler Lyon has played in just six full games because of injuries. Lyon has passed for 1,142 yards (a good month for most Hart quarterbacks during Herrington’s 17-year tenure), and running backs Delano Howell, Robbie Casselberry and James Wheeler have combined for nearly 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns. Hart is No. 4 in the Daily News rankings, and Canyon is No. 5. There are plenty of stats that can be fed into the machine – margins against common opponents, spots in the Southern Section rankings, yardage per game, strength of nonleague schedule, etc. – but the powerhouses appear to be even. Gerry Gittelson, (661) 257-5218 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!