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Brian Gadsby praised after sparkling effort for Crescenta Valley High football team

Junior quarterback tosses six touchdown passes in 54-20 road win against Verdugo Hills.

September 10, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High quarterback Brian Gadsby threw a career-high six touchdowns in the Falcons' season-opening 54-20 victory at Verdugo Hills on Friday. Gadsby was lauded for his efforts at Tuesday afternoon's Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Crescenta Valley High quarterback Brian Gadsby threw…

GLENDALE — The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 71st year, normally meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the first meeting of the year, which was held at Oakmont Country Club.

GADSBY STANDS TALL FOR FALCONS

After Crescenta Valley High junior quarterback Brian Gadsby threw a career-high six touchdowns to lead the Falcons to a season-opening 54-20 intersectional road victory against Verdugo Hills, Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling did some research.

Schilling looked at the passing statistics from last season, only to come away shocked.

“I saw that we only had four touchdown passes all of last year,” Schilling said. “For some reason, I thought we had more.

“Brian can do a lot of things, and he spread the ball around very nicely against Verdugo Hills.”

Gadsby, a reigning All-Area Baseball first-team pick, completed 13 of 23 passes for 174 yards against Verdugo Hills.

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Gadsby was called up from the junior varsity team with two games left last season. He then led the Falcons to Pacific League wins against Hoover and rival Arcadia, giving him additional confidence entering the 2013 campaign.

Gadsby will look to extend his string of perfection, as the Falcons shoot for their first 2-0 start since 2001. Crescenta Valley will next face visiting San Marino, ranked No. 6 in the latest CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division, in a nonleague home game at 7 p.m. Thursday at Glendale High’s Moyse Field.

MUDIE TO THE RESCUE FOR KNIGHTS

As the St. Francis High football team looks to get back to the CIF Southern Section Western Division postseason, one of the likely factors in determining its fate will be the play of senior Joe Mudie.

Mudie, a featured running back, showcased his versatility Friday during St. Francis’ season-opening 52-3 road nonleague win against Chino. Mudie finished with two catches for 55 yards and a touchdown. He also excelled on the ground, collecting 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 13 carries.

“He’s going to be one of our go-to guys game in and game out,” St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds said.

St. Francis, ranked No. 8 in the latest division poll, will meet visiting Righetti (2-0) in a nonleague game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Friedman Field.

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