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Crescenta Valley football overcomes Glendale, sloppy play

Football: Both teams combine for eight turnovers, but Falcons still win, 27-7.

October 18, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley's Tyler Hill, center, had an interception in a 27-7 win over Glendale.
Crescenta Valley's Tyler Hill, center, had an interception… (Roger Wilson/Staff…)

GLENDALE — Eight total turnovers, 28 combined penalties and lethargic play throughout slowed down an emotional war of words before, during and after Friday evening’s Pacific League football contest between Glendale High and host Crescenta Valley at Moyse Field.

Whatever hype was generated 24 hours before the game on Twitter didn’t help either side, particularly the Falcons, who overcame a potential trap in the form of the Nitros in a 27-7 victory.

“This wasn’t our best game. We weren’t sharp, we made mistakes and we should have played better,” said Falcons quarterback Brian Gadsby, who completed 12 of 23 passes for 95 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown. “But a win is a win and I’m happy to take back the [Victory Gong].”

Gadsby was called out by several Nitros players Thursday on Twitter and answered back with a few barbs that same night.

On Friday evening, Gadsby’s teammates came to his defense as the quarterback’s first interception, made by senior Martin Marin, was initially returned for a 66-yard touchdown only to be called back to the Falcons’ 21 on an illegal block in the back.

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Nonetheless, Glendale (2-5, 0-4) responded five plays later, scoring on a fourth and goal when backup quarterback Robert Rovira connected with Daniel Jung on a five-yard crossing route which, after a successful point-after attempt, brought the Nitros within 13-7 with 5:52 left in the third.

The score awakened a muddling Falcons team, which immediately responded by marching 67 yards on four plays to the Nitros’ 20.

On the very next play, Falcons senior Kevin Hello (seven rushes for 78 yards) carried up the middle for a 20-yard touchdown as he broke three tackles. The score put Crescenta Valley ahead, 20-7, with 4:01 left in the third and swung momentum back to the Falcons.

“That was obviously a big series for them. It was a game-changer,” Nitros Coach John Tuttle said. “We just couldn’t come back after.”

The Nitros had five possessions after the Hello touchdown and only mustered three first downs, two of which came on the final drive of the evening.

CV eventually iced the game with a five-yard touchdown run from Hello (also had a third-quarter interception) with 4:39 left in the fourth.

Despite intercepting three passes and holding the Nitros to four total first downs, the Falcons only led 13-0 at the half in part because of a tenacious Glendale defense.

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