LA CRESCENTA — The Crescenta Valley High football team would like to prove that it's 4-1 start last year was more emblematic of its identity than its 0-5 skid to end the 2010 campaign.
Injuries, most devastatingly offensive catalyst Marro Lee's broken thumb that sidelined him for the final five games of the year, clipped the wings of the Falcons' spread offense. Lee, a running back, is back and primed for a big senior year, though, and is joined by most of the Falcons' skill position players coming back for Friday's 7 p.m. season opener against Santa Paula at Moyse Field.
"We don't want to be known as a 4-6 team," senior quarterback Zac Wilkerson said. "I think this year we're going to be a lot more pumped up and ready to go to have a winning season."
Last season, the Falcons had a lot of new faces at the varsity level and, since a great deal of those first-time varsity starters were seniors, there is even more turnover this year. But, as it opens the door for a transfusion of talent from Crescenta Valley's league-champion junior varsity squad, that may not be a bad thing at all.