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Falcons have playoff hopes

Football: Crescenta Valley set to meet rival Arcadia in key Pacific League game.

November 09, 2011|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

After a couple of hiccups in the middle of Pacific League play, the Crescenta Valley High football team appears to now have things in order. The Falcons have won two straight games to put them back in contention for a playoff spot and the possibility of sharing the league championship.

After registering league victories against Burbank and Glendale, Crescenta Valley will turn its attention to rival Arcadia in a league home game at 7 p.m. Friday at Glendale High's Moyse Field. The Falcons are 6-3, 4-2 in league. The Apaches are 7-2, 5-1 in league and tied for first with Burroughs.

A Crescenta Valley victory and a loss by Burroughs (5-4, 5-1) against cross-town rival Burbank would give the Falcons a share of the league crown. A loss by Crescenta Valley against the Apaches, ranked No. 2 in the latest CIF Southern Section Southeast Division poll behind West Covina, could drop it anywhere from third to fifth place and possibly out of the playoff picture.

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"It's like a playoff game for us," said Crescenta Valley second-year Coach Paul Schilling, whose team recorded a 49-3 league road win against Glendale on Friday. "We know that and it's a situation where you can go from the chance to tie for first to going down to fifth and needing help from other teams."

The Falcons are also jostling with Burbank, Pasadena and Muir for one of the four automatic entries to the postseason. Crescenta Valley owns victories against Burbank and Muir, but has lost to Pasadena.

Pasadena is 4-2 in league and Burbank and Muir are 3-3.

Facing the Apaches isn't something that's been easy for the Falcons of late. Arcadia has won five of the last seven meetings, including a 35-17 home win last season.

The Apaches are led by Washington-bound wide receiver Taylor Lagace, who has caught 43 passes for 649 yards and five touchdowns. Senior quarterback Myles Carr has completed 118 of 183 passes for 1,803 yards and 23 touchdowns.

"Those are two great players and we will have our work cut out," Schilling said. "I think we are up for the challenge."

The Falcons have been clicking on offense, too. Against Glendale, Crescenta Valley finished with 496 yards of total offense.

Matching or surpassing that mark might figure to be tough against the Apaches, but the Falcons have their share of offensive threats ready to give it a shot.

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