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Crescenta Valley High football looks to avoid Hoover's trap

Football: After playing within two points last year, Falcons, Tornadoes set to meet again as CV looks to keep title hopes alive.

October 23, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High's Kyle Tavizon, who was tackled by the Glendale defense last Friday, is working toward another big effort against Hoover. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Crescenta Valley High's Kyle Tavizon, who was tackled…

There wouldn't appear to be much drama in store for this week's Pacific League matchup between the Crescenta Valley and Hoover high football teams. It does, however, have all the makings of a trap game.

While the Tornadoes haven't won since a second-week forfeit, the Falcons are riding an emotional high after wins over Burbank (48-47) and Glendale (27-7). CV could be tempted to look past Hoover with its biggest game of the year coming Nov. 1 against first-place and reigning-champion Muir (6-1, 4-0 in league).

“We hope not, that’s our conversation with the kids,” Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling said. “You can’t think of next week, we have to take care of this week before we get to that.”

Hoover Coach Matt Andersen, who’s in his first year, is also determined to keep his team focused on this week. The Tornadoes have struggled since their roster was trimmed to 22 or 23 guys, due to injuries.

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“[The Falcons] have had a really good season so far, so we’re just going to come out and we have our work cut out for us again,” said Andersen, whose team hasn’t won since a week two forfeit and is 2-5, 0-4 after a 69-0 loss to Burroughs last week.

“As hard as it is losing, it’s a lot easier when you’re going out there with the kids I’m currently coaching. It’s a great group of kids and we’re getting better and that’s all I’m worried about.”

Despite the Tornadoes’ struggles, Schilling knows his team can’t leave the door open for Hoover, which gave CV (6-1, 3-1) a scare last year in a 21-19 Falcons win. Both teams meet again Friday night at Moyse Field at 7 p.m.

“The thing that stands out about them is those kids, I’ve seen them live a couple times and watching them on film, he’s got those kids playing really hard,” Schilling said. “Momentum is the key … because they already play really hard and work really hard.”

Harvard-Westlake at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m.: An undefeated Golden Knights team can keep itself in the hunt for a Mission League title with a homecoming win Friday night.

“Harvard-Westlake was ranked ahead of us for several weeks to start the season,” said St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds, whose team is now 7-0, 2-0 in league and No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Western Division, where the Wolverines are eighth. “They’ve lost their lost three games.”

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