SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Aided by turnovers and short fields and served well by red-zone efficiency, the Crescenta Valley High football team built a first-quarter lead that would never be challenged Thursday night at Moyse Field.
And, considering that visiting Burbank played the Falcons dead even on the scoreboard the rest of the way, the first 12 minutes of Crescenta Valley's 35-14 Pacific League win may soon be remembered as the quarter that saved the Falcons' season, and possibly doomed the Bulldogs', as both squads needed a win to stay in the thick of the playoff hunt.
"This was a big win for us," said Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling, whose team entered the contest one of three teams, along with Burbank and Muir, that were tied for fourth place and the final automatic playoff spot in league before improving to 5-3, 3-2 in league. "We're real excited."
Crescenta Valley received some gift-wrapped opportunities from the Bulldogs from the very start and capitalized to the tune of three first-quarter scores, the first coming on a four-yard run by Marro Lee (135 yards in 21 carries) on the second play of a 12-yard drive set up by Jack Lutynski's interception of Austin Mowatt on the Bulldogs' opening possession.