Upon first look at the Crescenta Valley High football team's 2012 schedule, the most noticeable aspect is what game is not there.
Absent from the schedule is the traditional nonleague showdown known as the "Battle for Foothill Blvd." against cross-town rival St. Francis.
"The biggest thing was just to change it up," said Falcons Coach Paul Schilling, whose Falcons went 6-5 last season, which included a 35-0 loss to St. Francis. "We had to do something differently."
Last year's defeat to the Golden Knights was the 10th straight in the rivalry for the Falcons, compounded by struggles at the lower levels in which Schilling said games, historically, were never close with Crescenta Valley always on the losing end.
"That wasn't good for anybody," Schilling said.
Historically, the game was a large community event that drew a large crowd and, though Schilling believes it's a good move to change the schedule, he admitted it wasn't a celebrated change among the players.