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Crescenta Valley, La Cañada football rivalry has new meaning

Football: Spartans, Falcons meet with undefeated records for first time in five years, while both deal with injuries.

September 18, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Crescenta Valley High quarterback Brian Gadsby, right, will look to keep the Falcons' offense clicking in a rivalry game with La Cañada.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Crescenta Valley High quarterback Brian… (Roger Wilson/Staff…)

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

Over the past six years, the rivalry between the Crescenta Valley and La Cañada high football teams has lacked some excitement. CV is 6-0 in the annual fixture since 2007 by an average margin of victory of 15.5 points.

Things look a bit different this year, as the Spartans and Falcons will meet for not only bragging rights but with both hoping to keep their perfect starts alive by improving to 3-0. It’s the first time both sides have met with undefeated records since 2008, when they opened the year against each other.

“There's still that cross-town rivalry that exists and this game will mean that much more because we are both 2-0,” said Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling, whose team has enjoyed lopsided wins over La Cañada by scores of 48-21 and 35-14 the past two seasons.

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Dubbed the Gordy Warnock Memorial Game to honor the former Crescenta Valley football coach in 2010, La Cañada last gave CV a challenge that year when the Falcons won at Moyse Field, 38-34. That was a season removed from another narrow loss to the Falcons, 38-35.

Just like in 2010, the Spartans are 2-0 with victories over Alhambra (24-13) and one of the comeback variety over Glendale (27-20) last week. While the Spartans will be confident coming into their home game Friday at 7 p.m., they haven’t seen a pass-happy offense like the one at CV.

The Falcons have scored at least 54 points in their first two wins over Verdugo Hills (54-20) and San Marino (56-53), and relied on the right arm of quarterback Brian Gadsby in doing so. The junior has completed 40 of 64 passes for 657 yards, 12 touchdowns and no interceptions through two games.

“We’ve got a big game,” said La Cañada Coach James Sims, who was in attendance at the CV-San Marino game. “I came out here and watched CV and they throw the ball really well.”

La Cañada hopes to keep its rival in check after two key members of its defensive secondary — Brad Woolf and Jadon Henry — have suffered injuries early on this season.

“That’s our weakness right now with all our injuries at corner,” Sims said of stopping the passing game. “They throw the ball well, so we’re going to have to make some adjustments.”

Crescenta Valley also lost receiver Connor Van Ginkle to a broken collarbone last week.

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