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Crescenta Valley High football routs rival Arcadia, 49-14

Football: Gadsby throws five touchdowns, as Falcons prevail, but still find playoffs a bit in question.

November 07, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High wide receiver Connor Van Ginkel celebrates a touchdown during the Falcons' 49-14 win over Arcadia on Thursday. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Crescenta Valley High wide receiver Connor Van Ginkel…

GLENDALE — With coin flips and myriad playoff scenarios to ponder, one aspect the Crescenta Valley High football team had control over was how it performed against archrival Arcadia.

From the onset of Thursday night’s Pacific League tilt at Glendale High, it was abundantly clear that the Falcons were in firm control, as the offense was flying, the defense was dominant and the outcome decided early, as Crescenta Valley routed the Apaches, 49-14, with quarterback Brian Gadsby leading the way with five touchdown passes and 321 yards through the air.

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“We were coming in excited,” said Gadsby, who completed 18 of 24 passes and added an excellent leaping 17-yard reception before his evening was done at halftime. “We knew for any chance at the playoffs, we had to win.

“Overall, just a stellar game. I couldn’t ask for anything better, really.”

Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling was equally pleased with the performance of his Falcons (8-2, 5-2 in league), but still had to deliver some unfortunate news after the game, as Crescenta Valley, as result to losing a coin flip, could well be on the outside of an automatic top-three playoff standing.

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With Burroughs (6-3, 5-1) and Burbank (7-2, 4-2) squaring off in the annual Big Game on Friday, the Falcons are hoping for a Burroughs’ win, as that would leave the Falcons tied for third with Burbank, but taking the spot by head-to-head tiebreaker. However, if Burbank wins, all three would be tied for second and, via coin flip, the Falcons would be the fourth-place squad and have to hope for the one at-large bid in the CIF Southern Section Southeast playoffs.

Still, with the body of work the Falcons have put forth, Schilling is confident his team will get in whether it’s by standing or an at-large invite.

“I’m pretty confident and I told the guys that,” said Schilling, whose team defeated Arcadia for the second straight year. “This is a great group, I hope we can keep it going.”

The Falcons wasted little time getting going on Thursday, scoring on their first four possessions and six of eight first-half drives.

“From the beginning, we were just clicking,” said Gadsby, who benefited from a huge day by receiver Connor Van Ginkel, who had five catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns all in the first half as well.

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