Thankfully, it has come down to this.

Canoga Park and Sylmar are the two best teams of the Valley Mission League this season, with 5-0 league records. They will settle the league title — and maybe more — on Friday, Nov. 7.

Canoga Park is 8-1 overall, the only loss by three points Palisades of Pacific back on Sept. 19. Van Nuys has been the only league team to score against the Hunters; they have shut out  Kennedy, Reseda Panorama and San Fernando, and have not allowed a point in their last 12 quarters.

Scoring is not the problem for Sylmar, 7-2 overall. The Spartans, whose only losses were in nonleague games against Crespi and Palmdale, have averaged 43.6 points through nine games. The average is even higher in league play —  54 points per game.

A win might sneak Canoga Park into the top eight of the City Section Division I playoff seedings, depending on what happens to Taft, Palisades and Venice in their final games. If Sylmar wins, it could get the top seed of the Division II playoffs if South Gate falters against South East of South Gate. 

The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Sylmar High.

Other games this week involving Valley-area teams:

Friday, Nov. 7

Angelus League

Santa Fe Springs St. Paul at Harvard-Westlake

East Valley League

Arleta at North Hollywood

Poly at Chavez

Verdugo Hills at Monroe

Gold Coast League

Lancaster Paraclete vs. Sierra Canyon, Moorpark College

Mission League

Alemany at Crespi

La Puente Bishop Amat at Notre Dame

Olympic League

Heritage Christian at Cerritos Valley Christian

Santa Fe League

Rosemead Bosco Tech at St. Genevieve

Valley Mission League

Panorama at Reseda

San Fernando at Van Nuys

West Valley League

Birmingham at Granada Hills

Chatsworth at El Camino Real

Cleveland at Taft


Los Angeles vs. Village Christian, Occidental College

All games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.