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Falcons run wild

Football: CV's offense nearly piles on 496 yards of offense in a 49-3 win over Glendale Friday.

November 04, 2011|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
(Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Behind a phenomenal rushing attack and stingy defense, Crescenta Valley High's football team could seemingly do no wrong, while Glendale could seemingly find no remedy for its ills on both sides of the ball.

Thus, behind 349 yards of Falcons offense on the ground and just 185 total yards given up by the Crescenta Valley defense, the Falcons prevailed on a cold homecoming night over the Nitros, 49-3, in a Pacific League game at Moyse Field.

"They're just so much better than us in every facet," said Glendale Coach Alan Eberhart, whose team lost its eighth straight game in falling to 1-8 overall and 0-6 in league. "They played great defense. We went from side to side, they pursued us. We couldn't run it and we couldn't stop the run."

Senior running back Marro Lee had 131 yards and a touchdown in 18 carries, junior running back William Wang had 122 yards and three touchdowns in five carries and senior quarterback Zac Wilkerson had 73 yards and a score in 73 attempts.

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"Our offensive line came up big and Marro and William had big games," said senior receiver Nick Ruiz, who also had eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Wilkerson added 122 yards passing and a touchdown on nine of 13 completions as the Falcons (6-3, 4-2 in league), who won their second straight game, totaled 496 yards of offense. Another highlight came with the kicking of Pavle Atanackovic, who had two field goals, including a 52-yarder. But it was truly the running game for CV, which is currently tied for third in league with Pasadena at 4-2, that set the tone of the game.

"That was the game plan. We saw them on film and they had trouble stopping [the running game]," Lee said. "We knew we could exploit that."

Defensively, Ruiz and Lee teamed up to shut down Glendale receiver Michael Davis, as the Nitros speedster was held to just two catches for negative one yard and two runs for negative four yards. Meanwhile, the Nitros' Alex Yoon was held in check to the tune of 23 yards rushing in nine carries.

"We shut down Davis and he's the weapon," Ruiz said. "He's their big weapon."

Glendale did have a chance to change things at the onset.

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