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Crescenta Valley High football upsets Burbank in overtime classic

Football: Falcons prevail over previously undefeated Bulldogs, 48-47, in barnburner.

October 11, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Burbank's James Williams (21) beats Crescenta Valley's Davo Hakobyan (72) to run for a touchdown in the first half in a Pacific League football game at Glendale High School on Friday, October 11, 2013.
Burbank's James Williams (21) beats Crescenta… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

GLENDALE — Things became a lot more interesting in the Pacific League, as Crescenta Valley High football made itself a contender again with an overtime win over previously undefeated Burbank.

It appeared the Falcons were on verge of another collapse, but they pulled out all the stops for an underdog victory, 48-47, over the Bulldogs at Moyse Field.

Crescenta Valley (5-1, 2-1 in league) had a chance to win it in regulation but missed a 32-yard field goal with nine seconds to play.

Fresh off a 24-17 loss to Burroughs when it coughed up a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead, one couldn’t help but wonder if the Falcons were headed down a similar route when Burbank’s James Williams, who finished with 261 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries, scored on the first play of overtime on a 25-yard run.

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It gave the Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1), ranked fifth in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division, their first lead of the game, 47-40, and they put CV in a hole when its first possession of the extra frame went for a 13-yard loss on a bad snap.

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No matter, the very next play, the Falcons ran a reverse before tossing it back to quarterback Brian Gadsby, who airmailed a 38-yard strike to Chase Walker, who out jumped his coverage and pulled down the touchdown pass.

Instead of playing for a tie, Crescenta Valley went for the two-point conversion and win. Gadsby took the snap, rolled out and went through his progressions before lofting a pass to the back of the end zone for Walker, who caught it and got both feet just inside the line for the three-yard pass, two points and a win.

Gadsby completed 25 for 33 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. Walker caught both touchdowns and finished with 226 yards on 11 catches.

CV held a 40-32 lead with 5:12 to play when Kevin Hello (105 yards, two touchdowns on 15 carries) scored his second touchdown run from 10 yards out, but a missed extra point after a bad snap proved costly.

Burbank made it so when it drove 68 yards on seven plays and scored on a six-yard run from Williams, who also had a 29-yard run earlier in the drive. The Bulldogs then tied the game with 2:57 to play on a three-yard sweep from Tony Toledo for the two-point conversion.

Crescenta Valley went into halftime with a 21-13 lead, thanks in large part to Kyle Tavizon, who rejoined the team for the first time this year after sitting out the first five games with an injury.

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