By Brandon HENSLEY
It was a successful second week of action on the gridiron for local high school teams St. Francis and Crescenta Valley. Both the Golden Knights and Falcons improved to 2-0 with wins over non-league opponents last week.
St. Francis quarterback Jeremiah Martin passed for 352 yards and totaled five touchdowns last Friday as his team beat up Moorpark 50-24. Martin completed 18 of his 20 pass attempts.
Runningback Areg Nazarian rushed 89 yards. He also had five catches for 152 yards and caught two touchdowns. Tight end John Carroll hauled in the other two scores.
St. Francis continues its non-Angelus portion of the schedule Friday at 7 p.m. as it hosts Monrovia. The Knights are ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southeast Division. Monrovia (3-0) is ranked first in the Central Division.
Crescenta Valley will go for its second straight season of winning all three non-Pacific League games Friday as it hosts the La Cañada Spartans (3-0) at Glendale High School Moyse Field at 7 p.m.
The Falcons’ offense continued to flourish on Friday against Golden Valley under quarterback Brain Gadsby, who threw for six scores on 28 of 36 passing for 441 yards. Through the first two games, Gadsby is completing 70% of his passes. Junior receiver Bostin Lakin had a big game, catching six balls for 95 yards and three touchdowns. The Falcons won 48-27.
Crescenta Valley’s defense had five sacks and forced two turnovers. Beginning Friday, the Falcons will play four of the next five games at home, though the Glendale game on Oct. 10 is designated as a road game.
La Cañada defeated Glendale last week 20-0. The team is off to a solid start after finishing 5-5 last season, then losing its playoff game 54-3. The Falcons have enjoyed a dominating run against the Spartans, including a 42-14 victory last year at La Cañada.
This story was updated on Sept. 18.