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Crescenta Valley football team faces new second-week foe in San Marino

Football: CV takes on San Marino in place of usual tilt against St. Francis.

September 05, 2012|By Charles Rich and Andrew Shortall
  • Crescenta Valley running back William Wang will draw the focus of San Marino's attention on defense after his big game in the Falcons season opener.
Crescenta Valley running back William Wang will draw… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

The following are previews of the area's upcoming high school football games this week.

Through the years, the spotlight on the second week of the season focused on the Crescenta Valley High and St. Francis football teams getting together to participate in the "Battle for Foothill Boulevard." It led to Friedman Field and Moyse Field being jammed with thousands of spectators and a chance for the schools to also play for bragging rights.

Things have changed for the time being, as the Falcons and Golden Knights will not meet this season.

"We are just looking for a different challenge and changing things up," said Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling, whose team will instead meet host San Marino at 7 p.m. Friday in a nonleague contest. "The kids always want to play St. Francis, but we wanted to try something different and we have this connection with teams from the Rio Hondo League."

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Crescenta Valley received 260 yards in 31 carries and a touchdown from William Wang to record a season-opening 26-21 nonleague road victory against Santa Paula on Friday. San Marino, ranked No. 7 in the latest CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division poll, kicked things off with a 30-14 intersectional road win against Eagle Rock on Aug. 30.

The Falcons begin a stretch of two games in a row facing teams from the Rio Hondo League. Crescenta Valley will battle La Cañada on Sept. 14 before starting Pacific League action Sept. 21 at Muir.

"I think we match up well against San Marino," said Schilling, whose team forced four turnovers against Santa Paula. "We expect another tough game.

"They like to run the ball about 90% of the time and they're big up front on the line. I liked the way we moved the ball against Santa Paula, but we just have to keep working at punching it in and putting teams away."

The Titans got a sparkling performance from running back Ryan Wood, who rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns against Eagle Rock.

San Marino Coach Mike Hobbie said the Titans' defense clamped down on Eagle Rock. San Marino held Eagle Rock without a first down on 10 of its 15 possessions.

"We executed our game plan defensively," Hobbie said. "Now, we have to find a way to stop [Wang].

"I like Crescenta Valley's lines. They are very aggressive and good sized. We missed some blocks [against Eagle Rock], and that's something we've got to fix."

St. Francis at Righetti, 7 p.m. Friday: The Golden Knights ran through visiting Arcadia Friday, 49-10, to begin their season in resounding fashion.

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