Eyes on Friday Contest


In addition to being the homecoming game for CV, this Friday’s contest against Muir promises to be “epic.”

Photos by Alyssa TSABETSAYE
Falcons defensive back David Baek has been an important part of the Falcons’ dominant defense all season long.

By Vincent PAGE

So far this season, the Crescenta Valley High School Falcons have been barely tested on the football field. Their closest game so far this season was a 28-17 victory over Pasadena, a game they played the majority of without star running back Maximus Grant.

But that all changes on Friday when Muir High School travels to Moyse Field to take on Crescenta Valley in its homecoming game.

Quarterback Chase Center winds up to throw against Santa Rose Academy.

This game is more than the homecoming game, though. When CV and Muir face off Friday at 7 p.m., it’s going to be a battle to decide the likely winner of the Pacific League. Both teams are 4-0 in League play, tied at the top of the standings. Whichever one wins the head-to-head matchup will be on top going into the final week of the regular season.

For the Falcons, they’ll continue to rely on their steady run game. Grant and quarterback Chase Center have not only proven to be great runners but the duo has also been able to lead the CV offense on the ground.

For Muir, its offense will be led by an elite passing attack. It has run the ball effectively as well, but hasn’t emphasized that part of its offense like CV. It will be interesting to see how much the offenses contrast and despite both teams having solid defenses this game could turn into a shootout.

The Falcon cheerleaders, donning their breast cancer awareness ribbons, celebrate following a CV touchdown.

For the Falcons, they’re coming off a game in which they probably were looking ahead to the Muir contest before kickoff even occurred. They beat Santa Rosa Academy 70-0, which is the biggest win of the year for CV. They were able to rest their starters for the majority of the game ensuring everyone is healthy going into this epic matchup against the Mustangs.

Whichever team wins this game will likely be the Pacific League champion and No. 1 seed in the CIF playoffs. If CV was to lose, it could still be co-champions if Muir slips up next week against Pasadena. But if CV wins it is the outright 2019 Pacific League champ, whether it wins or loses in the final week against Arcadia.

This Friday will present head coach Hudson Gossard and his team with their biggest challenge of the season. So far in 2019, they’ve always found a way to step up and win, and that will be pushed to the limit on Friday night.