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Falcons, Nitros await showdown

Longtime rivals Crescenta Valley High and Glendale set to begin Pacific League action

Prep seeking first victory.

September 30, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk and Grant Gordon, News-Press

GLENDALE — The following are previews of the area's upcoming high school football games this week.

Pacific League football might be kicking off this week, but for some teams it's already likely make-or-break time.

When Crescenta Valley High and Glendale square off on Friday evening at 7 at Moyse Field, it is likely one of those such occasions.

"This is one of the ones that we feel that we have to win," Falcons Coach Paul Schilling said. "This is a game we feel we should win."


The Falcons (2-1) have advanced to the postseason the last two seasons, but with a squad full of new faces, many are predicting it could be a struggle to once more climb into the league's top four spots and earn an automatic playoff berth. Thus, a win over the Nitros (0-3), who have lost 10 in a row, but have seemingly improved drastically from last season, is a likely must if CV is to make the playoffs again.

Glendale has surprised some and besides a lopsided loss to La Cañada in the second week, has been close to victory in its other two games.

"We've definitely improved," said Glendale Coach Alan Eberhart, a longtime former Falcons coach. "We're competitive, we can play. But we still make mistakes.

"We're in the game, but it's that breakthrough, big moment [that we're missing]. Somebody's gotta step up and make a big play."

Schilling, for one, is hoping this isn't the week that happens.

"We're afraid that this might be the game that they figure it out," Schilling said.

Schilling didn't mince words in saying that the Marro Lee-led running game will be a focal point, as it led the Falcons to a win last week over La Cañada. On top of that, Glendale has struggled mightily with its run defense.

"We'll run it and then we'll play-action," Schilling said.

Quarterback Alex Yoon has led the Nitros rushing attack, but Eberhart believes others must step up. More than anything, though, he believes a victory will come down to turnovers.

"[The Falcons] do some good things, but they have a tendency to make some mistakes, too," Eberhart said. "We can't make mistakes. It's gonna come down [to being] simple, don't make mistakes.

"When you're trying to have a breakthrough win, you have to play your best game. …We have a chance. When a team's lost 10 in a row, that's all you can ask for."

Hoover vs. Burroughs at Moyse Field (7 p.m. today): The Tornadoes are flying high after notching their first win of the season last week, 45-38, over host Mountain View.

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