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Crescenta Valley High football passes first league test

Football: Falcons jump out early and coast to a 43-18 Pacific League win against host Pasadena.

September 27, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Glendale News-Press

PASADENA — This season, Crescenta Valley High passed its football preliminaries with flying colors, going undefeated through its nonleague schedule for the first time since 2002. But now it was time to down get to the main event with the start of Pacific League play.

First for Crescenta Valley was a road trip to take on a winless Pasadena squad in the Pacific League opener for both schools Friday night. The Falcons quickly continued their high-octane aerial act, winning, 43-18, after flying away with the game in the first half, keyed by four touchdown passes from quarterback Brian Gadsby.

“One and 0 in Pacific League, 4-0 on the season, we’re really happy,” CV Coach Paul Schilling said. “We played a good first half.”

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Crescenta Valley (4-0) scored the first 26 points of the contest and led comfortably, 33-6, at halftime. Gadsby, after Friday’s rout of the Bulldogs (0-4), has thrown 17 touchdown passes and is still yet to be intercepted. In the first half, the junior quarterback was 10 of 16 for 194 yards. He finished 14 of 23 for 244 yards and the four first-half scores.

“It was a pretty great win,” Gadsby said. “We started 3-0, but those wins didn’t matter. First league game we knew we had to get a victory and send a statement to the rest of the teams. We played great as a whole team.”

Gadsby’s first and final pass attempts of the half went for touchdowns. The first came of the Falcons’ third play from scrimmage, when he connected with Christen Castaneda for a two-yard score. The short drive was set up by a punt block by Kevin Hello after the long snap back to the Pasadena punter rolled along on the ground on its way back to him, allowing the senior enough time to get to the kick.

Jonathan Jun scored the game’s second touchdown. Jun began Crescenta Valley’s third possession with a 21-yard run and then also ended it with a 21-yard run for a 13-0 advantage late in the first quarter. The junior led the Falcons in rushing with 68 yards on nine carries and also caught seven passes for 53 yards.

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