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Crescenta Valley High football prepares for similar schedule

Football: Falcons look to improve on .500 season with nine of 10 opponents from a year ago on tab for 2013.

August 08, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High School football player Ben Rees runs a play during practice at Crescenta Valley High School on Thursday, May 30, 2013. CVHS football will look to improve on 2012 with nearly the same schedule in tact for the 2013 season.
Crescenta Valley High School football player Ben Rees… (Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

A year after a disappointing .500 season with no playoff berth, the Crescenta Valley High football team will look to improve on 2012 with nearly the same schedule in tact.

One big thing in the Falcons' favor is how the home-and-away schedule plays out. They'll play six of their 10 games on their home turf, including their final five, at Moyse Field, which they share with Glendale and Hoover highs.

"We are going into it and I think if things work out and we make plays, we feel we have an opportunity to win a league championship," Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling said. "I am not guaranteeing it, we have to play to our potential. We can compete and be in the mix."

CV's only new opponent also happens to be its season opener. It will travel to visit a familiar face in Verdugo Hills for a 7 p.m. kickoff Sept. 6. Schilling said it was the Dons who approached his team again to renew the matchup.

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It's a rivalry the Falcons had dominated recently with four straight wins over Verdugo Hills, including 34-13 victory in their last meeting to open the 2010 campaign. Schilling expects a good game to open the year, having heard good things about the Dons' returning quarterback and group of receivers.

"I know that they have a good group coming in this year," Schilling said. "Just my opinion, I think maybe that's why they scheduled us again, they get a good group in and think they can beat us."

Last year, San Marino was the new team on the block, brought in to replace Crescenta Valley's longtime rival St. Francis. The Titans prevailed, 27-7, on their home turf and the Falcons will get another crack at Moyse Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

"We had always struggled against St. Francis and I think our players were just like, 'Oh, it's just San Marino,'" Schilling said. "We took them much more lightly… they're a really good team and that coach is really good. They are old-school, smash-mouth play."

CV will then travel to La Cañada to face another Rio Hondo League opponent in what's always an emotional contest, as it serves as the fourth annual Gordy Warnock Memorial Game.

While billed a rivalry, Schilling admitted the annual fixture has lost a bit of luster for his side as the Falcons have owned the matchup. They've claimed victory over the Spartans the past six years in a row, including last year's 48-21 blowout.

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