"Obviously, it's a huge game for us, we have to win both [of our remaining games] to have a chance to make playoffs," Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling said. "We're taking this as a playoff game. We are going in with that mentality that if you want another week, you have to win."
Schilling said the Falcons' main focus of preparation for this week is twofold — cutting down on penalties and playing better in the second half. The latter would figure to stick particularly in the Falcons' minds after taking a 14-0 first-half lead over co-champion Burroughs last week before losing, 21-14.
"We kind of ran out of gas against Burroughs," Schilling said. "That's our goal this week, to maintain it."
Burbank, which is 6-2, 4-1 in league and ranked 10th in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division, is coming off a 45-26 over Pasadena. Adam Colman passed for 222 yards and four touchdowns and Ulisies Ochoa rushed 229 yards and another two scores.
The Bulldogs should also have running back Quortney Brazier, who has over 500 yards rushing this season, back from a one-game suspension, making their offense that much deeper and more dangerous.
"We think we match up with them," Schilling said. "They run an unconventional offense and we've been practicing a lot against that."
Paul Perugini is continuing to settle into the quarterback job he won two weeks ago, passing for 141 yards and rushing for a team-high 62 yards against Burroughs. Sean Johnson also had a breakout game against the Indians with 60 rushing yards and the team's only two touchdowns.
"We like our chances, but we've gotta play, though," Schilling said. "They're a very good team."