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Crescenta Valley High football can't catch Muir

Football: Looking to force first-place tie, Falcons fall to Mustangs, 39-26.

November 01, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, Special to the Glendale News-Press
  • Crescenta Valley High's Kevin Hello tries to get past the Muir defense during a Pacific League game on Friday. Muir won, 39-26. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Crescenta Valley High's Kevin Hello tries to get…

GLENDALE — All season long, a Pacific League title has been on the mind of the Crescenta Valley High football team.

So the Falcons had long been thinking about Friday night's bout with Muir.

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But, for whatever reason, CV committed a host of uncharacteristic mistakes — highlighted by four turnovers (three fumbles, one interception) and nine penalties for 80 yards — in a 39-26 loss to the Mustangs at Glendale High’s Moyse Field.

“We made so many mistakes, we had so many expectations for this game; we were so pumped,” said CV running back, defensive back and punter Kevin Hello, who finished with two touchdowns and 165 yards on 23 carries. “We had sessions last week before the Hoover game for [Muir]. Practice seemed perfect, we practiced perfectly all this week and then we just couldn’t do it tonight.”

The most glaring mistakes came when the Falcons (7-2, 4-2 in league) fumbled on their first three drives, while also holding the Mustangs (8-1, 6-0) to punts on their first three drives.

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“Part of it, you have to give it to them,” Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling said of the fumbles. “They’re physical and they strip the ball, our guys hadn’t been hit like that.”

Still, CV was never really out of contention, even when it found itself down 19, 39-20, with 1:16 to play in the third quarter.

Crescenta Valley kept hope alive when quarterback Brian Gadsby (13 of 33, 137 yards, one touchdown, one interception) hit Chase Walker with a dart in the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown. The following two-point conversion run from Hello was stopped short to bring the Falcons within two scores, 39-26, with 10:19 left.

Comeback hopes got a huge shot in the arm when Sean Blok recovered his third fumble on the night — accounting for all his team’s takeaways — on the ensuing kickoff for the Falcons, who took over 32 yards out.

CV drove all the way down to the two on third and goal, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushed the Falcons back to the 17 before they turned the ball over on downs at the seven.

“It was definitely hard,” Hello said of the loss. “I think it was more mental than nerves, we were pumped for this game, we were psyched out, but it was just mental errors.”

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