SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — A season removed from one of the more captivating games in recent rivalry chronicle, the latest "Battle for Foothill Boulevard" was hardly a battle at all.
Spearheaded by a four-touchdown performance from senior quarterback Brett Nelson, St. Francis High blitzed Crescenta Valley for 28 first-half points and never looked back en route to a 42-14 nonleague win, the Golden Knights' ninth in a row in the rivalry.
"Our game plan was perfect," said Nelson, who completed 13 of 22 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for a seven-yard score, all four touchdowns coming during St. Francis' 28-0 opening-half surge. "We saw what they were gonna do [on film]."
Aside from an opening-play blemish in which the Golden Knights fumbled the ball away, they scored early, often and quickly.
Crescenta Valley High Coach Paul Schilling stressed prior to the game that his team couldn't turn the ball over or let St. Francis work with a short field. Those two aspects led to 21 first-half points, however.