By Tom Hendrickson
(Glendale)–The Burbank Bulldogs blew out to a 27-0 lead an held on for a 37-20 victory over the Crescenta Valley Falcons on Friday night in a Pacific Leauge showdown at Moyse Stadium on the campus of Glendale High School.
The Bulldogs remained perfect at 5-0 in the Pacific (6-2 overall) while CV suffered its first loss of the season falling to 7-1 and 4-1 in league.
Burbank running back, Darnell Williams rushed for three first-half touchdowns. Quarterback Matt Porras set up those scores with key strikes to Drew Pendleton and Duncan Smith. Late in the second quarter, he connected with Smith again on a 5-yard throw to the end zone.
After digging itself a huge the Falcons showed life in the third. Following Chase Center’s 43-yard interception return, quarterback Cole Doyle reached paydirt on a 1-yard run. Then with 7-seconds left in the quarter, Doyle sprinted 60-yards for a touchdown to make the score 27-14.
On the Bulldogs next drive, Porras was sacked and fumbled but the ball was recovered by offensive lineman Karo Koshkaryan. Later in the same drive, Porras was hit and fumbled again but this time the ball went out of bounds. From there kicker, Andrew Rovira was to connect on a 28-yard field goal to make it a 30-14 game with 7:56 to play.
With 5:21 remaining, CV’s Doyle struck again with a 39-yard pass down the right sideline to tight end, Andrew Novak. The pass on the two-point conversion failed but the Falcons were still in the hunt.
In the hunt until Porras and the Bulldogs put together a game-clinching drive that was capped by a 3-yard pass to fullback, Blake Quinteros.