LA CRESCENTA — Taking a brief break from spring practice sessions, a quartet of area high school football teams looked for early indications to determine how their respective skill position units would respond facing live competition.
For the most part, Crescenta Valley, Hoover, Burroughs and Burbank had mixed results during the first day of the annual Gordy Warnock Passing Tournament at Crescenta Valley on Friday afternoon. Crescenta Valley and Hoover each split their two games, while Burroughs and Burbank dropped both of their contests.
Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling, Hoover's Andrew Policky, Burroughs' Keith Knoop and Hector Valencia of Burbank kept close tabs on their respective teams.
Crescenta Valley opened with an 8-6 victory against Burroughs in a Bracket B game. The Falcons then suffered a 22-14 bracket defeat against L.A. Marshall.
"We use this as a learning tool and the biggest thing is to look for the players who are gritty and diving for balls," said Schilling, who guided the Falcons to an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs last season. "We have a new quarterback in Ben Rees and we'll look to get back at it [today]."