By Rich Whittington
(Glendale) The Crescenta Valley Falcons proved that good defense wins games Friday evening, as the Falcons ousted the Peninsula Panthers, 20-11, in front of a very friendly crowd at Moyse Stadium.
The Falcons defense played stingy, shutdown football, holding Peninsula to 196 yards of total offense. Crecsenta Valley recorded three turnovers…two interceptions and a fumble recovery…as well forcing punts on three of the nine Panther’s possessions. Logging turnovers for CV were DB David Beck and DB Angel Ochoa, who each intercepted a
pass from Peninsula QB Jack Haworth, and DB Aaron Garcia, who recovered a Panthers
Offensively, CV played well, in spite of some difficult situations. Quarterback Brendon Pehar, who was forced into action following an injury to Chase Center, played well in his debut. Pehar completed 15 of 17 passes for 131 yards, including two touchdowns. The first score was of the traditional variety, as Pehar connected with Vinny Parrot for a
10 yard score. The second connection was to offensive lineman Chuck Meyer, who scored on a 10-yard “tackle eligible” play. CV also scored on the ground, as Maximus Grant found the end zone on an 8-yard blast. Grant carried the ball 13 times for 56 yards, including the TD. The remainder of the Falcons’ scoring was provided by Anthony Harlakian, who converted two of his three PAT attempts.
Peninsula’s scoring was provided by Jack Haworth who successfully converted a 40-yard Field Goal attempt, as well as rushing for a 16-yard touchdown. The
balance of the Panthers’ scoring was the successful conversion of a 2-Point PAT attempt by running back Sebastian Huizar.
Next week, the Falcons will travel to Rialto, where they will take on the Eisenhower Eagles in the second round of the CIF Division 10 playoffs. Kickoff is
scheduled for 7:30PM. Peninsula finishes the 2019 football season with a record 3-8, 2-3 in Bay League Play.