Another Win on Belt of Falcon Football

Photos by Alyssa TSABETSAYE
The Falcons offense, on their way to scoring 56 points, gets set for a play as the sun sets on Moyse Field




By Vincent PAGE


For the second consecutive week, the CVHS Falcons varsity football team sailed to victory defeating the Montebello Oilers 56-21.

After recording a shutout in the season opener, the defense was once again stout under defensive coordinator Dennis Gossard. It combined for two sacks, one courtesy of star senior Angel Ochoa. Ochoa was also solid in coverage, breaking up two passes on the day. To go along with the sacks, Zeal Shumate grabbed an interception for the second consecutive week, while Colby Rees also picked off a pass on Friday.

The Falcons defense, led by Zeal Shumate (right, crouched) and Jaden Haas (left,standing) prepare for a play against Montebello

The Falcons’ offense, after a week one victory that featured two quarterbacks, Chase Center and Brendan Pehar, became a bit more clear against Montebello. Center completed 12 of 14 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns. He appears to be head coach Hudson Gossard’s starting quarterback this season, a title he’s earned with his play through two weeks.

Surrounding him is an impressive group of skill players. Running back Maximus Grant was the Falcons’ best player last week, rushing for 116 yards and three touchdowns, and also catching three passes for 54 yards and another touchdown. He has been dynamic so far this season and the offense will continue to run through him as Center becomes more comfortable as the starting quarterback.

Head coach Hudson Gossard reviews film from the previous drive with his quarterbacks during the Falcons win over Montebello

The wide receivers had an impressive game as well. Colby Rees not only intercepted a ball on defense, but hauled in four balls on offense for 78 yards and two scores. Seniors Vincent Parrot and Ochoa combined for another 81 yards receiving, while junior Sebastian Deleon had 54 yards receiving and a touchdown.

The Falcons have looked like a juggernaut so far this year under Gossard. However, their first real test will come Friday night when they travel to Redondo Union High School to take on the Sea Hawks. Through two games, they’ve outscored opponents 70-33, and are led by a vaulting defense and senior quarterback Daniel Webb. CV is ranked lower, both statewide and nationally, and will be road underdogs going into the game. But this team has shown grit through the first two weeks, and Friday night could very well be Gossard’s first signature win as the head coach of CVHS football.

The game will kickoff Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at Redondo Union High School.