Where to start?
There was the Falcons’ opening five-play touchdown. There was Marro Lee’s injury, after he ran for a 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. There was the 41-7 halftime score, the two 80-yard touchdown passes by Hoover and the anointing of the homecoming king and queen.
It was a good Friday night for Crescenta Valley High football team with some blemishes as the Falcons crushed Hoover High 62-28.
“It was a good homecoming win,” said CV Head Coach Paul Schilling. “I didn’t like the defense, but Hoover has a great offense, credit to [Hoover Head Coach Chris] Long.”
CV starting running back and current total yards leader Marro Lee was injured in the first quarter of the game.
“He dislocated his thumb,” said Schilling. “We’re hoping it’s not bad.”
Schilling said there was no word on how long he’d be out.
Crescenta Valley (4-1, 3-0 in Pacific League play) scored six touchdowns by five players in the first half, all on running plays. Senior Mark Sereno scored the first one with 10:29 left in the first quarter. Then Lee scored his only score of the game with 5:05 left. Sereno scored his second after a Hoover fumble. Hoover scored their only touchdown of the first half – an 80-yard bomb from quarterback Andres Pule to wide receiver Dymond McRae. Then Zac Wilkerson, Paul Perigini and Josh Lacey each scored before the half. Two missed PATs and one converted two-pointer made it 41-7 at the half.
Hoover (1-4, 0-2) scored their second 80-yard touchdown, again Pule to McRae, in the third quarter. Both plays were the first plays of the drive.
“They were in zone and mix-and-matched up the middle,” said McRae. “It was a tough loss, but I did what I could for my team.”
“[Both times] we were in zone coverage,” said Schilling. “If we were playing man-to-man, that wouldn’t have happened.
“It was a good win, but we have to work on that pass coverage.”
Zone coverage is when a defense’s secondary (safeties and cornerbacks) play in specified zones on the field. Man-to-man is when individual members of the secondary are assigned to cover certain receivers.
Hoover opened the second half on a score and a quick three-and-out for CV resulted in a punt. Hoover’s returner, though, couldn’t handle it and CV recovered at the Hoover 17 yard line. The Falcons’ Sean Johnson punched in a two-yard carry for the touchdown to make it 48-14.
With 53 seconds left in the third quarter, Falcons senior Michael Brown intercepted a pass by Pule and ran it 30 yards for a touchdown.
Hoover got their final score on a two-yard touchdown run by Pule with 9:00 left in the fourth quarter.
CV senior Sabarrish Mohan ran in a one-yard touchdown with 1:06 remaining to add the final score of the game.
CV will visit Muir (1-4, 0-2) on Friday at 7 p.m.