With its 62-game Foothill League winning streak in jeopardy, Newhall Hart was able to overcome a 21-point deficit and 372 yards passing by sophomore quarterback Michael Herrick to pull out a 42-35 victory over Valencia in front of 8,000 Friday night at College of the Canyons.
"It was an unbelievable battle," Hart Coach Mike Herrington said moments after Kevin Ciccone's interception in the end zone with no time left preserved the victory.
Hart (7-3, 5-0 in league play), which won the league title for the 13th consecutive season, broke a 35-35 tie on Dan Howell's one-yard touchdown plunge on fourth down with 1:55 left. Valencia (7-3, 3-2) had stopped three consecutive running plays on first-and-goal from the two.
Herrick, who completed 32 of 51 passes, drove the Vikings to the Hart 30 with seven seconds left. He rolled right and tried to get the ball to Chris Wright in the end zone. But Ciccone leaped and made the interception, leaving Valencia with an 0-10 career record against its rival.