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Falcons football makes pieces fit

Crescenta Valley looks to keep in Pacific League contention with plenty of positions to fill.

August 28, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High football player William Wang, a key piece of the football program.
Crescenta Valley High football player William Wang,… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

LA CRESCENTA — With the departure of last year’s starting running back, quarterback, middle linebacker, top receiver and All-CIF kicker, there’s certainly some shoes to fill for the Crescenta Valley High football team.

But there would seem to be plenty of combinations among the 55-man roster for Falcons Coach Paul Schilling to try as he looks for the right fits to fill in this year’s depth chart and a nice collection of returning talent that he hopes will get the team off to a flying start when it opens the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Santa Paula.

An all-senior front line that includes three returning starters will be the stabilizing element in an offense that will see senior William Wang make the leap from backup to feature ballcarrier, while juniors Joe Torres and Ben Rees will split snaps at quarterback, at least in the early going.

“We might even go the first few games and use it truly as preseason and split time,” said Schilling, whose team went 6-5 and 4-3 in the Pacific League to make a CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoff appearance. “Whoever starts doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the better guy. ...[We want to see] who’s going to react the best with what group.

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“In the first game they definitely will both play.”

The success of either of the Falcons’ first-year varsity quarterbacks figures to depend the offensive line, led by guards Andrew Kiorkof and Naz Erdoglyan and tackle Ryan Powell, who are all returning.

Defensive tackle Gev Hakobyan will also start at center this season, while Mitchell Stoudt fills the other tackle position.

“They’re our main guys,” Schilling said of the O-line. “We’re going to go to battle with our big guys.”

Wang proved to be a capable runner while spelling All-Pacific League back Marro Lee last season when Wang rushed for 525 yards and five touchdowns.

“He had some big carries [last year], he’s a player,” Schilling said.

Sophomore Kyle Tavizon, who Schilling called “a big part of the future here” will be Wang’s backup.

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