It’s customary to “throw out the records” whenever Sylmar and San Fernando gather for their annual neighborhood clash, as they will on Friday, Sept. 25

But it’s hard to ignore the fact the Tigers, who have moved back into Division I are winless (0-3) so far this season and are badly in need of a victory. And now Valley Mission League play starts, raising the stakes even higher.

Like San Fernando, defending league champion Sylmar (2-2) has returned to Division I. The two teams are the only Division I teams in Valley Mission, meaning San Fernando and Sylmar probably have to go through league undefeated to get one of the first eight playoff berths and a guaranteed first round home game.

And don’t forget those all important bragging rights.

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

Other games involving Valley-area teams include:

Friday, Sept. 25

East Valley League

Arleta (3-0, 0-0) at Monroe (2-2, 0-0)

Grant (3-1, 0-0) at Chavez (1-3,0-0)

Poly (1-3, 0-0) at North Hollywood (3-1, 0-0)

Mission League

Crespi (1-3, 0-0) at Alemany (4-0, 0-0)

Notre Dame (1-3, 0-0) at Bishop Amat (3-1)

Valley Mission League

Kennedy (1-3, 0-0) at Canoga Park (1-3, 0-0)

Reseda (2-2, 0-0) at Van Nuys (1-2, 0-0)


Chatsworth (3-0) at Eagle Rock (0-3)

El Camino Real (2-2) at Banning (3-1)

Fairfax (1-2) at Taft (3-1)

Oaks Christian (4-0) at Birmingham (2-2), 7:30 p.m.

Palisades (1-2) at Granada Hills (1-3)

Verdugo Hills (0-3) vs. Village Christian (2-2), Occidental College

Saturday, Sept. 26


Brethren Christian (4-0) vs. Heritage Christian (2-2), Granada Hills High

Lynwood (3-1) vs. St. Genevieve (2-2), Poly High

Sierra Canyon (4-0) at Mission Prep (3-0), San Luis Obispo, CA

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