"We had to win this game. That was a big one."
Down by the final score, staring at fourth and 20 on the Pasadena 42, Falcons quarterback Paul Perugini couldn't find and open man and scrambled right, put his shoulder down and came up with a 19-yard gain that sealed the contest after two subsequent kneel downs for Pasadena (3-4, 2-2).
"As a whole, we moved the ball," said Schilling, whose team totaled 283 yards to Pasadena's 365. "We just couldn't get in the end zone."
One key part to the Falcons' puzzle on the night was an inability to capitalize on any momentum.
Falcons linebacker Chris Fierro had two fumble recoveries, but neither led to a Falcons score.
In contrast, Pasadena elongated drives all night long with big conversions.
"We let them convert too many big third downs," Schilling said.
On the game-winning drive, it was one huge fourth down that led to CV's downfall, as Pasadena converted on a fourth-and-three play from its own 33 with a 30-yard pass play and three plays later was in the end zone, leading to a 21-14 lead.
The drive came after a crucial CV drive began with a 46-yard pass play from Perugini to Mark Sereno, but went backwards after that with a penalty, a negative run and two incompletions. It was the perfect example of CV's inability to cash in on momentum as the defense had just stopped a long Pasadena drive in which the Bulldogs had converted on a roughing-the-punter call and a third-and-16 play only to see the Falcons hold strong on fourth and one at their own 19.
"It was the chronic situation, every time we'd make a big play, we'd go backwards," Schilling said.