Excluding the opening play, it became obvious Crescenta Valley High would have its way against Glendale.
The 77-yard pass from quarterback Evan Norton to Muhammad Akhtar was the lone Nitros highlight during last Friday night’s 49-3 Pacific League blowout at Moyse Field.
CV leaned on a ground attack that accounted for 356 yards and five touchdowns.
Glendale Head Coach Alan Eberhart hinted next week’s match with rival Hoover may be his swan song.
“This is so frustrating,’’ he said. “Michael Davis is really fast, even faster than anybody CV has, but they have five players almost as fast. And most of our best players will be graduating.”
Glendale’s Alex Yoon had 26 yards on seven carries, and reserve Felipe Arias added 46 yards on seven rushes.
Many things have sidetracked Glendale including a lackluster passing scheme. Also, the Nitros (195 total net yards) can’t stop the run and pass.
After the long gainer, Glendale (1-8 and 0-6 in league) settled for Martin Marin’s 19-yard field goal with 9:35 left in the first quarter.
It went downhill from there as the Falcons (505 total yards) responded with a two-yard run from quarterback Zachary Wilkerson (75 yards on 12 rushes) with 5:32 left in the same quarter, and Pavle Atanackovic’s 35-yard field goal early in the second quarter made it 10-3.
“They [Glendale] play hard, but they don’t have enough guys,’’ said CV Head Coach Paul Schilling. “You can’t take anyone for granted, and we didn’t with Glendale.”
The rout continued as William Wang (122 yards on five rushes) raced 68 yards down the left sideline for a 17-3 lead as 3:20 remained before the half.
Wilkerson (nine of 13 for 124 yards and one interception) had a 17-yard scoring pass to Nick Ruiz (eight catches for 110 yards) that ended a five-play, 46-yard march as CV’s advantage swelled to 21 points as 1:01 was left in the second quarter.
The Falcons (6-3 and 4-2 in league) weren’t done as Atanackovic hit a 52-yard field goal with 9:37 showing in the third quarter, and Marro Lee’s four-yard romp up the middle increased CV’s edge to 34-3 with less than five minutes left in the third quarter.
“A win’s a win, but we need to focus on Arcadia,’’ said Lee, who had 136 yards on 18 carries. “We’re not even sure if we’re going to make the [CIF] playoffs.”
Wang’s 23-yard run late in the third quarter made it a 38-point spread, and Wang’s 19-yard blast with 6:40 left in the fourth quarter capped the chilly evening’s scoring output.