After a first-round scare against St. Joseph of Santa Maria, Canyon (14-0) rolled through the playoffs for its second straight Northwestern Conference championship. In the final, the Cowboys routed Santa Maria, 33-6, to give Harry Welch a 35-5 record for his three years as coach. In the St. Joseph game, which wasplayed in a driving rain, it took a last-minute touchdown pass from Kenny Sollom to David Sipes for Canyon to escape with an 8-7 win.
Camarillo trailed Ventura, 14-10, in the Coastal Conference championship game at the Coliseum with about two minutes left. The Scorpions faced a fourth-and-goal from the nine when quarterback Scott Cline connected with tight end Gary Litten for the winning touchdown. The 16-14 victory concluded a 13-1 season for Camarillo and Coach Carl Thompson.
Steve Armstrong also connected with Jim Friedl on a fourth-down, 27-yard touchdown pass with 22 seconds left to give Agoura a 21-20 win over Yucaipa for the Desert-Mountain championship. Armstrong's extra point provided the difference as the Chargers went 14-0 in a season in which Coach Frank Greminger returned from a year's absence.
Faith Baptist, with Gerald Thomas receiving Player of the Year honors, captured the eight-man championship. The Contenders defeated Templeton, 47-30, for the title, completing a 12-0 season.
Rick Scott took over as the coach at Hart (8-2-1) and guided the Indians to the Foothill League championship. But Thousand Oaks upset the Indians, 21-13, in the first round of the Coastal Conference playoffs.
Granada Hills won the Valley 4-A League championship with a 3-1 record. All three of the Highlanders' victories came by one point. But Granada Hills lost in the first round of the City playoffs, as did every other Valley team, with the exception of Chatsworth.
The Chancellors made it to the semifinals in the 3-A Division before being defeated by Locke. Monroe bounced back from a 1-6-1 season the previous year to win the Sunset League championship. The Vikings' season ended in the first round of the 3-A playoffs with a 20-6 loss to San Pedro.
Cleveland won just two games all season, but one of them was a 30-29 upset of Carson, the eventual 4-A champion. It was Carson's first loss to a Valley team since 1977.
Thousand Oaks won the boys' team championship in the Southern Section's 4-A Division, defeating second-place Mission Viejo, 85-112. The Lancers' top runner was Jim Harvath, who finished second in the individual championships to Westlake's Paul Myers. The Saugus boys' team came away with the 3-A title in the Southern Section.
Two Marmonte League rivals met up for the Southern Section 3-A championship, and Westlake came away with the win over Thousand Oaks. It was Westlake's second consecutive championship.
Chaminade and Karen Shin were undefeated all year, until both lost to La Quinta in the 2-A championship match. Shin, the nation's sixth-ranked 16-and-under player, lost 7-5 to freshman Debbie Graham.