GLENDALE — The following are previews of the area's upcoming high school football games.
Heading into the season, both the Crescenta Valley High and St. Francis football teams were being talked about as much for who had graduated as anything else.
For the Golden Knights, the biggest departure was that of standout Dietrich Riley.
But after a 42-27 win in the first week over Arcadia, while there remains plenty of room for improvement, it's clear that St. Francis has plenty of talent returning.
As for Crescenta Valley, despite a 34-13 win over Verdugo Hills to open the year, first-year Coach Paul Schilling is well aware that a team that returns just one starter each on offense and defense is still in search of much-needed experience, especially when faced with the task of taking on the CIF Southern Section Western Division's No. 5 team, which St. Francis currently is.
"We're not young ... but they're just so inexperienced," said Schilling, who has plenty of seniors in the lineup, but few with varsity playing experience.