Falcons Soar in Second Half

Jacob Deno threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons.

By Tim Peterson

(San Marino) – Crescenta Valley jumped on San Marino for three touchdowns in the second half to turn a close game into a 35-9 rout of the Titans Friday night at San Marino.

Leading 14-9 the Falcons needed just four plays on their second possession of the third quarter to get in the endzone. Jacob Deno connected with Xavier Thompson for 39 yards down to the San Marino 26 yard line. Three plays later Andranak Saryan punched it in from three yards out to make it 21-9.

They recovered an onside kick and immediately cashed in 12 seconds later when Deno hit Bjorn Hermansen in stride down the right sideline and just like that the Falcons were up 28-9.

In the fourth quarter Crescenta Valley iced it with a 10-play, 60-yard drive. Deno threw 12-yard touchdown pass to Thompson for the 35-9 lead to cap the march and put a cap on the game.

Crescenta Valley never trailed in the contest. After a scoreless first quarter the Falcons drew first blood early in the second quarter. Deno hooked up with Chander Thome for a 64-yard pass play to the San Marino nine-yard line. Two plays later Deno kept it himself for a one-yard touchdown.

San Marino answered in a hurry. On the Titans next possession, Sid Danenhauer hauled in a 47-yard touchdown pass from Brady Beck. The extra point attempt was blocked leaving CV up 7-6. That was the only touchdown of the night for San Marino.

With 4:49 left in the second quarter Adranik finished a 59-yard Falcons drive with a three-yard TD blast.

San Marino’s Chris Aguilar booted a 38-yard field goal late in the quarter to make it 14-9. The Falcons took that lead into the half.

The Falcons then pulled away in the second half. San Marino’s offense struggled to find a groove at times and turned the ball over three times.

Deno threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons. Thompson was his favorite target with seven catches for 126 yards and a score. Hermansen had six receptions for 80 yards.

Beck threw for 168 yards for San Marino but it wasn’t nearly enough. He was also hurt by two interceptions

It was the Titans first loss of the season as they fell to 3-1. Crescenta Valley improved to 2-1.

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