"[La Cañada] comes out to play us every year, even when, on paper, we look like the better team," Schilling said. "This is a big game for them."
Coming into the second half down, 21-0, La Cañada needed a spark and it got that in the form of a 70-yard opening kickoff return to Crescenta Valley's 29 from Franklin Cervenka. Andy Paynter made the return count, breaking a 19-yard touchdown run three plays later to pull the Spartans within 21-7 less than two minutes into the third quarter.
Both teams were shut out the rest of the third quarter, but Ruiz gave Crescenta Valley good field position, as he returned a La Cañada punt 28 yards to the Spartans' 22. Lee struck for this third touchdown on the very next play, a 22-yard run, giving the Falcons a 28-7 lead with 8:43 left in the game.