Football in the Foothills

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St. Francis Football Rolls Over Pasadena
The St. Francis High football team improved to 2-0 last week with a 35-0 win over Pasadena in St. Francis’ season home opener. The Golden Knights of La Cañada scored a touchdown each in the first and second quarters, and then railed off 21 points in the fourth quarter. The Knights are off to a great start both offensively and defensively. They previously beat up West Covina 42-0 to open the season.

The Knights had four touchdowns that were of the rushing variety, including a 50-yard play by running back Greg Dulcich with six minutes left in the fourth, the final scoring play of the game.

Maxx Jakeway, Elijah Washington and Jace Harrick rushed for the other TDs against the Bulldogs. The lone passing score came when Paul Brown found Daniel Scott in the end zone from seven yards out in the second quarter.

This was the first meeting between the schools since 2006. Pasadena is one of four new non-league opponents for the Golden Knights this season. The others are Dorsey, La Serna and Buena Park.

With the loss, the Bulldogs, who play in the Pacific League and are rivals to Crescenta Valley, dropped their record to 0-3. They play Arcadia this week.

The Knights are at La Serna on Friday at 7 p.m. They don’t kick off Angelus League play until Oct. 7, when they host La Salle High School at 7 p.m.

Falcons Drop Another to Golden Valley
The Crescenta Valley High football team was hoping to ride its wave of victory following its Week 1 blowout win of Verdugo Hills into the second game at Golden Valley, but the Grizzlies stifled the Falcons for most of the four quarters and came away with a 21-7 win, its second victory over CV in as many years.

The Grizzlies opened the game with an 80-yard run score by KJ Maduike. CV answered back on its next possession when quarterback Cole Doyle returned the favor with an 80-yard touchdown run of his own.

But Golden Valley controlled the game from there. Maduike ended up with 98 yards rushing. Quarterback Josh Valano was an efficient 13 of 16 passing with two touchdowns. One of Valano’s strikes was a 72-yard strike to Jalin Lewis.

Doyle, a sophomore in his first full season as the starter, was just seven of 19 for 30 yards passing. He was well-protected by his offensive line (just one sack allowed), but the longest pass play went for 10 yards. Aside from Doyle’s 80-yard run, five players rushed for less than 100 yards combined.

Last year’s win over CV stopped the Falcons’ 16-game winning streak, which dated back to 2013.

The Grizzlies, a non-league opponent for CV, improved to 3-0. The Falcons dropped to 1-1. They host La Cañada at Glendale’s Moyse Field on Friday at 7 p.m., the last non-league game of the season. Next week CV opens up Pacific League action against Glendale High at Moyse Field on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

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