By Andy Villanueva
(Glendale) – Crescenta Valley’s offense didn’t begin to click into the beginning of the third quarter, but when it did they buried Verdugo Hills 55-14.
Brian Gadsby shook off the rust after one quarter and finished the night going 21 of 34 for 314 yards with three touchdowns and one interception to lead the Falcons to their first win in 2014.
Although Crescenta Valley is known more for their offense, the defense gave them the jolt it needed as Jordan Lobainco intercepted Carter Otte at the one-yard line and returned it 99-yards to put the Falcons up 7-0.
Crescenta Valley came out on fire in the second half, scoring on six of their eight possessions and holding the Dons to just 14 points in the third quarter.
*** Gadsby found Chase Walker twice for touchdowns. The second Walker touchdown appeared to bounce before it was caught, but the referees conferred and agreed to call it a touchdown.
*** Verdugo Hills was a victim of their discipline. On its first two drives, the Dons were in Crescenta Valley territory and threatening to score only to get flagged for illegal procedure four times. The fourth proved fatal as the next play was Lobainco’s touchdown.
*** Verdugo Hills quarterback Carter Otte ran for 65 yards and threw for 70 yards. He scored on a 29 yard run.
***Don’t ask head coach Paul Schilling what he thinks about his Special Teams play. On two consecutive kick offs, the Dons were able to bust the first line of Special Teams. One resulted in Gage Van Kempen’s 62 yard return that resulted in Verdugo Hills first score. The second was returned 99 yards for a touchdown by Ruben Velasco.
***Jonathan Jun ran for 86 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards for the Falcons.
***Tyler Hill scored from six yards out for the Falcons to extend the lead to 42-14.
***Verdugo Hills only mustered 193 yards in total offense compared to Crescenta Valley’s 467 yards.
***Tyler Reed came into the game late for the Falcons and passed for 42 yards on three completions. He found Travis Westhoff in the end zone for the final score of the evening.
***Gadsby’s other touchdown pass was thrown to Connor Van ginkel for five yards. Van ginkel finished with a team high 168 yards receiving.