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CV Loses Third in Row to Saugus

October 01, 2004|By Sean Lynch

Special to the Valley Sun

A 24-point half-time deficit proved too much for the Crescenta Valley varsity football team to overcome as it fell 31-13 to Saugus High on Sept. 23 at the College of the Canyons' Cougar Stadium.

The Falcons, who haven't started the season 0-3 since 1987, will try to get back on the winning track when they travel to St. Francis High for a nonleague gameagainst La Cañada tonight (Friday) at 7.

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Although they trailed 24-0 at the half, the Falcons came out and displayed a much better second half performance. They outscored the Centurions 13-7, but their second half effort wasn't nearly enough to overcome the deficit.

The Falcons' offense struggled mightily in the first half, going three-and-out in their first four possessions. The Centurions' pass rush was constantly in the face of Falcons' senior quarterback Phillip Salazar, who was clearly rattled early as he misfired with his passes to a few open receivers. "They played good defense. We lost the field position battle and we just couldn't catch a break," Falcons' head coach Alan Eberhart said.

Unable to move the ball and produce any first downs, the Falcons were forced to punt from deep in their territory giving the Centurions great field position. Saugus was quick to capitalize on the good field position, scoring three touchdowns in their first four possessions.

After a three-and-out in their first possession, the Centurions pinned CV in a corner by downing a punt on the 4-yard line. The Falcons were only able to move the ball a yard and punted it right back to Saugus from their end zone.

Centurions' junior tailback Ryan Purdy returned the punt to the Falcons' 13-yard line. Two plays later, Saugus senior tailback Zachary Schaffer ran the ball up the middle for a 5-yard touchdown and the first score of the day.

After another Falcons three-and-out, the Centurions took over at their own 40-yard line. Saugus stuck with what worked on their previous drive and pounded the ball on the ground eight out of nine plays. Schaffer capped off the drive for the Centurions with a 2-yard run up the middle for his second score of the evening to make it a 14-0 ball game. On the Centurions' very next possession, junior quarterback Zach Summers hit senior running back Tom Oates on a streak down the middle of the field for a 55-yard TD to make it 21-0.

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