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Crescenta Valley football falls in Gordy Warnock final to Hart

Football: Falcons finish tournament with 3-1 day, leave coach 'very happy.'

May 18, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

LA CRESCENTA — Though the Gordy Warnock Memorial Passing Tournament ended in a loss for the host Crescenta Valley High football team, it didn’t end with dissapointment for Falcons Coach Paul Schilling.

“We scared them a little bit,” said Schilling shortly after his Falcons lost a back-and-forth championship game to Hart, 32-26. “I’m very happy.”

Schilling was pleased with Saturday as a whole.

Having gone 1-1 in pool play to open the tournament Friday, the Falcons went 3-1 on Saturday.

Early Saturday morning, they finished pool play with a 26-12 win against Los Angeles Marshall. Then, in the first round of bracket play, they defeated Pacific League archrival Arcadia, 22-12. Perhaps their most impressive outing followed, as Crescenta Valley defeated another league rival, Burroughs, 28-2, in the tournament semifinals. It came after the Indians beat the Falcons, 22-16, in pool play on Friday.

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“We were surprised with the Burroughs game,” Schilling said. “We knew we could beat them, but not like that.”

In retrospect, Schilling said he believes Friday’s loss to Burroughs might very well have been a turning point, leading the Falcons to coming out Saturday with renewed focus and intensity.

“Maybe the Burroughs game yesterday was the key,” he said.

Added receiver Connor Van Ginkel: “We picked up the intensity today. We came out to fight and that’s exactly what we did.”

And after the Burroughs game on Saturday, Crescenta Valley waited as Hart defeated Sylmar in the semifinals to set up the championship.

The contest proved physical and was a see-saw affair from the start.

Though Brian Gadsby is the incumbant starter at quarterback for the Falcons and was with the team Saturday, he was resting his arm after throwing eight innings of one-run ball in the Crescenta Valley baseball team’s CIF Southern Section playoff game on Friday night. Thus, Ben Rees, who began last season as the CV starter, continued to take the snaps as he’s done thus far this spring. And Rees looked sharp at times, particularly in the beginning of the championship game.

He completed his first 11 passes in the contest, his first six coming on the opening drive, which ended with a one-yard scoring pass to Bostin Lakin for a 6-0 lead. His next five completions culminated with a five-yard score to Van Ginkel. During that span, three straight passes were hauled in by running back Kyle Tavizon.

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