Falcon football will try and take down Hoover after getting revenge on Glendale over last year. A league title is still a possibility.
By Brandon HENSLEY
They don’t make football feuds like they used to.
Last week’s game between Crescenta Valley and Glendale high schools featured a lopsided score and plenty of turnovers, so the most interesting development of the week came not from the field, but over the Internet. On Twitter, to be exact.
Several players and students from Glendale engaged in online trash-talking with some from the CV side, and Glendale’s unofficial Twitter hash-tag last week was an expletive geared towards CV. In an amusing part of the feud, a Glendale female student started following Falcons quarterback Brian Gadsby on Twitter and complimented him on his looks, but after Gadsby replied to her he had a girlfriend, she un-followed him.
In the age of social media, this might actually be the new norm going forward. When it was all said and done, though, CV had itself a 27-7 win and pushed its record to 6-1 overall, 3-1 in the Pacific League and is on track for its best season since 2001, when it last won league.
The Falcons did it despite Gadsby struggling (115 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions). CV’s defense picked off Glendale quarterback Kevin Felix four times, including two interceptions by Jordan LoBianco, and Kevin Hello rushed for two scores on offense to help CV pull away in a game that wasn’t its best-played this season.
“We definitely didn’t play our best, but when you look at it, a win is a win,” said senior linebacker Austin Brines, who had 11 tackles. “We have to keep winning games.”
At least the team is doing that. CV was 5-5 last season. Now it has six wins, with three more games to go including tomorrow against the Hoover Tornadoes. Glendale is now 2-5 overall, 0-4 in league.
What did Brines think of the Twitter beef between the two schools?
“We have goals, such as winning a Pacific League title and playoff games, and Glendale was just another game we had to win. There wasn’t necessarily any feud there; we just had to win.”
CV’s defense is consistently inconsistent. Against the better teams like San Marino and Burbank, it gives up lots of yards and lots of points (53 and 47 points, respectively). It has turned in better performances, specifically against La Cañada and Pasadena, and last week it held Glendale’s offense to under 200 yards.
Brines said because Gadsby and the offense has been so good this season – a 41-point average so far – it was only fair for the defense to pick it up this time.
“We want to win a Pacific League title,” Brines said. “That was our goal at the beginning of the season.”
They are a step closer to that, and should take another one on Friday. Hoover was crushed by Burroughs last week, 69-0. The Tornadoes are 2-5 overall, 0-4 in league, just like Glendale. It would be an understatement to say CV should win this one.
That would put the Falcons at 7-1with two huge home games left in the season: Nov. 1 against Muir, the only undefeated team in league, and then Nov. 8 against rival Arcadia (5-2, 3-1 in league).
Brines said the coaches are riding the players hard, and telling them to keep it going, to make it a season to remember.
The CV students and fans have also helped. The school has been used to soccer and basketball being the big sports on campus the last few years, but the football team is making its case for relevancy, and everyone seems to be paying attention.
“This year it’s been amazing. The crowd at the Burbank game (homecoming) was incredible … we’ve had amazing support and as we keep winning games it’s going to get bigger and bigger,” Brines said. “It helps to fire us up for the games.”
Pacific League Standings
Muir beast Burbank last week so the Mustangs are still undefeated in league at 4-0, 6-1 overall. The Falcons are tied with Burroughs and Arcadia for second place at 3-1 in league. The Mustangs have only allowed 27 points through four league games, so the Falcons’ game against them on Nov. 1 at Glendale High School will definitely be worth attending.