Crescenta Valley High football left out of CIF playoffs

Football: Falcons 'shocked' they didn't receive an at-large berth to the CIF Southeast Division playoffs.

November 09, 2013|By Grant Gordon,
  • Crescenta Valley High's Kevin Hello and the Falcons were hoping for an at-large playoff berth that they did not get. (Roger Wilson Staff Photographer)
Crescenta Valley High's Kevin Hello and the Falcons… (Crescenta Valley…)

Shortly before 6 p.m. on Saturday night, Crescenta Valley High’s football season officially came to an end.

In reality, its fate was likely sealed when Burbank defeated Burroughs, 47-21, on Friday night to wrap up the Pacific League, leaving Crescenta Valley, Burbank and Burroughs in a three-way tie for second place in league, but the Falcons on the outside of an automatic top-three playoff berth due to losing a coin flip.

And on Saturday evening, the Falcons’ bid for the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division’s lone at-large entry was stymied when West Covina, out of the Hacienda League, received it.

“I’m really shocked,” Falcons Coach Paul Schilling said. “I was really pretty confident.”

While Crescenta Valley boasted an 8-2 mark and finished in a three-way tie for second place, West Covina was just 5-5 and was in a three-way tie for third place in its league. Both teams have two wins apiece against opponents with a winning record, as the Falcons defeated San Marino (8-2) and Burbank (8-2), along with two .500 teams in playoff bound La Cañada and Arcadia. West Covina defeated Colony (7-3) and Bonita (6-4) with two victories over two-win teams and one over a three-win squad.


“I can’t even comprehend that decision,” Schilling said. “Even more than the 8-2 record against 5-5, we are a second-place team.”

The Hacienda League, a seven-team league, received three automatic bids, just as the eight-team Pacific League and the other three leagues in the division.

The decision, according to the CIF, came down to its point system to determine at-large entrants which ended up, 3-1, in West Covina’s favor.

The teams didn’t play each other or have any common opponents, so neither of those factored in.

West Covina was awarded one point, as the division’s coaches advisory committee rated the Hacienda League the toughest in the division, while the Pacific League was rated the weakest. It should be noted that Pacific League champion Muir is currently rated fourth in the division and Burbank, which lost to CV, is seventh. The Hacienda League, as of Monday’s poll, had champion Diamond Ranch ranked second and Los Altos ranked sixth. CV, which has been ranked previously in the top 10, is listed as the first “other” for the ranking and West Covina follows.

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