By Brandon HENSLEY
It’s been total domination the last three weeks by the Crescenta Valley High football team. A 21-7 blemish in Week 2 against Golden Valley has seemed to make the Falcons stronger. They crushed Hoover High on Sept. 28 at Glendale High, their third consecutive win and, most impressively, the third straight time they’ve scored at least 45 points. The other wins during this streak came against La Cañada (51-12) and Glendale (52-0).
Crescenta Valley is 4-1, 2-0 in the Pacific League heading into Friday’s game at John Muir High School. The last time the Falcons played at Muir was in 2014 when the CV team won its most important game of that season. It was the first time the team had won at Muir since 2004 and that victory propelled the Falcons to a league title, a 14-0 season and a CIF championship.
CV defeated Muir last year at Moyse Field during homecoming week. The Mustangs are currently 0-2 in league this season.
Through five games, sophomore quarterback Cole Doyle isn’t exactly lighting up the stat sheet, but he has been efficient and not turned the ball over. He has nine touchdown passes and just two interceptions. He’s thrown for 697 yards and has a 66% completion percentage. Doyle was 17 for 23 with 201 yards passing and three touchdowns against Hoover.
Andrew Traber and Max Meyer lead Falcon receivers with three touchdown catches with three each. Will Rees has two, and leads the team in receiving yards with 213.
Perhaps surprisingly, Doyle has the most rushing yards for the offense with 346 yards and three scores. Joseph Suh is next with 212 yards on 27 carries.
On defense, Nobel Leduc has a team high of 48 tackles, and senior safety Ty Hill leads the group with five sacks. The Falcons have 18 total sacks, good for 3.6 per game.
Crescenta Valley, Arcadia, Burbank Burroughs are all 2-0 in league. The Falcons play Pasadena on Oct. 14, and then have two games against Burroughs (Oct. 21) and Burbank (Oct. 28). The end of the regular season comes Nov. 4 at Arcadia.