Crescenta Valley High quarterback Brian Gadsby played pitch-and-catch as he unleashed five touchdown passes and threw for 263 yards as the Falcons soared to a 56-16 win over Hoover last Friday night.
So onesided was this Pacific League match at Moyse Field that the second half was played under a running clock which meant the slaughter would have fewer plays.
“Brian’s a gamer,’’ said Crescenta Valley Head Coach Paul Schilling of his field leader who completed 12 of 17 passes and had scoring tosses of 12, 16, 33, 71 and 33 yards with one interception. “You always need to be focused no matter who you’re playing.”
The Falcons leaped ahead 7-0 on Gadsby’s 12-yard pass to Ben Rees (44 yards on four catches) and 9:16 left in the first quarter, and it spread to 14-0 with 4:22 showing in the same quarter when Gadsby found Rees with a 16-yard toss over the middle.
Andres Perez slowed Crescenta Valley’s assault with a 27-yard field goal late in the stanza, before Jordan Lobianco returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a score that made it 21-3 with 11 seconds left.
Hoover (2-6 and 0-5 in league) drove 44 yards to the Falcon 31-yard line, but quarterback Se Jun Kim’s pass didn’t find the mark which led to Crescenta Valley (7-1 and 4-1 in league) taking a 28-3 lead with 8:34 left in the second quarter after Gadsby’s 33-yard spiral to Connor Van Ginkel (136 yards on three catches).
Kim’s 71-yard pass to Alvin Lee (77 yards and two catches) about a minute later got Hoover (243 total net yards) within 18 points, but the Falcons (375 total yards) responded with a 71-yard aerial from Gadsby to Van Ginkel and 5:50 remaining before the half that made it 35-10.
With 3:37 showing Gadsby hit Chase Walker (77 yards and four receptions) with a 33-yard spiral as it became 42-10, and Kevin Hello’s pick and 59-yard return made it 49-10 with 11 seconds left before the half.
“They’re having a strong year,’’ said Hoover Head Coach Matt Andersen. “We were just out-matched again. Right now it’s about building the program.”
Robby Benson’s 93-yard kickoff return opened the second half for a 56-10 advantage, and Kim (eight for 26 and 200 yards with an interception) drilled Perez (90 yards on four receptions) with a four-yard pass and no time left in the fourth quarter that lowered the Falcons’ lead to 40 points.