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Nitros, CV progress in passing tournament

Football: Pair of local squads compete in two-day College of the Canyons event.

June 30, 2010|By Grant Gordon,

VALENCIA — It was Crescenta Valley High's football team that advanced to the second round of the College of the Canyons Passing Tournament on Wednesday afternoon.

But as it related to the pair of local squads that took part in the tournament, it was Glendale, despite a first-round loss, which walked away satisfied with momentum in hand, while Crescenta Valley was clearly frustrated after a lackluster and lopsided 36-14 loss to Alemany ended its afternoon.

"I'm disappointed in the game, but I'm happy with the tournament," said first-year Falcons Coach Paul Schilling, whose team went 4-2 overall in the three-day format, going 3-1 in pool play before defeating Golden Valley, 26-12, in the opening round of bracket play earlier Wednesday. "This is the first time [this summer] where I feel disappointed in the outcome."


Glendale's day played out in opposite fashion, as the Nitros looked out of sync and outmatched in a first-round 32-14 loss to Palmdale, but rebounded with an impressive 28-10 win over Rosamond that ended the day on a positive note.

"Today we came out a little flat, but we came back and did better," said Nitros two-way starter Linden Anderson, who shined in both games on both sides of the ball. "It's a great learning experience to be able to play in these passing tournaments. It gets us better every time."

One common aspect for both teams was the showcase of their go-to receivers, as Anderson and Crescenta Valley's Nick Ruiz both provided plenty of highlights.

Ruiz caught a pair of touchdowns passes on back-to-back drives against Golden Valley that bookended a Chris Fierro interception — touchdowns were scored as six points with no conversion attempts and interceptions were worth two points.

Ruiz's second scoring pass from quarterback Paul Perugini put the Falcons up 14-6 and they rolled from there, with their defense locking down Golden Valley and Perugini finishing with four touchdowns, his last two going to Bryan Luna and Kevin Fernandez.

Ruiz was lost for the Alemany game when he dinged up his leg, though.

"He is the go-to guy," Schilling said.

Zak Wilkerson took over as quarterback against Alemany as the Falcons continue to look for a starter, with Perugini emerging as the better drop back passer and Wilkerson being the more athletic and versatile back.

"It's a competition," Schilling said. "We don't know [who it's gonna be]. There's not a slam dunk right now."

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