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Victory at home

Falcon football plays one for the record books as they win the first true home game at Crescenta Valley High.

September 28, 2007|By Manouk Akopyan

On a landmark day on the Crescenta Valley campus, the Falcon varsity football team was in no mood to disappoint. In front of the packed, newly-built Osborne Field, the Falcons dominated the Verdugo Hills Dons en route to a 30-7 beating, opening a new chapter in the school’s history.

Playing the game at a 4 p.m. start due to the lack of lights on the field, the Falcons made quick work of the Dons before the clouds looming over them went to work on the cold, gloomy day.

Led by a defensive unit that held the Dons to a meager 78 yards of total offense, they also forced eight turnovers, four of them coming off interceptions.

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All game long the Falcons had Dons quarterback Matt Torres scampering all over the field trying to escape pressure from all directions. With the ball-hawking defense hitting on all cylinders, they also hit Torres with four sacks and unleashed relentless jarring hits in the backfield on the Dons rushing attack.

“We were so well prepared by our defensive coordinator (Bill Stewart),” praised Falcons’ Head Coach Tony Zarrillo. “He had them as well prepared as I’ve ever seen for an opponent. He had them at the right places at the right time doing the right things.”

Linebacker Parker Haleen anchored the defensive unit with three momentum-shifting interceptions resulting in great field position for the Falcons.

“The defense was awesome,” Falcons quarterback Scott Thompson added.

The first ever score at Osborne Field belonged to a Thompson and Clay Sierra hookup on a second down, 26-yard strike with 3:37 left to go in the first quarter, which was made available after a muffed punt return by Dons returner Geno Stoney.

After a Travis Scott fumble recovery that gave the Falcons the ball inside the Dons 20-yard line, kicker Rana Parsanj split the uprights from 45 yards out, giving the Flacons a 10-0 advantage. At the close of the half, with the crowd and wind on his back, he kicked one from 61 yards, but the lefty was just a bit short and to the right. It should be noted that the NFL record for a successful kick is 63 yards.

The only sign of life from the overmatched Dons came after the opening kickoff of the third quarter. Stoney bobbed and weaved his way to a 99-yard kickoff return to cut the deficit to three.

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