One game removed from an emotionally-draining, come-from-behind victory, Crescenta Valley High was predictably sluggish early, but used a 28-point second half to subdue host Glendale last Friday night, 35-14, in a Pacific League football battle.
For a portion of the evening, the two played on even terms until a muffed punt in the third quarter gave CV the ball at Glendale’s 19-yard line.
Junior running back Marro Lee, who scored the game-winner the previous week against La Canada, carried the ball three times for 17 yards, with quarterback Zac Wilkerson (32 yards and eight rushes) getting the final two yards and 6:35 showing on the clock as the Falcons surged to a 14-7 lead.
“It was that mistake, that one mistake,’’ said Glendale Head Coach Alan Eberhart. “It wasn’t one touchdown, it was two and three touchdowns that did it. They say the breaks even out. Over the last three games, it hasn’t gone our way yet.”
Lee has tallied five touchdowns covering the last two games, and finished with 135 yards and 24 carries.
“We were in trouble,’’ said Paul Schilling, the CV Head Coach. “That muffed punt was huge, because we did not play a good first half.”
Glendale (0-4 and 0-1 in league) went three-and-out on its next possession, and a 15-yard punt set up the Falcons at the Nitros’ 22.
Six plays later, with Lee scoring on a one-yard run as 3:04 remained in the third quarter, Crescenta Valley (3-1 and 1-0 in league) held a 21-7 advantage.
The Falcons scored on their third straight possession when Glendale was forced to punt after gaining one yard.
The drive began at the Nitros’ 49-yard line, and using six runs and an incomplete pass, Lee carried the ball in from nine yards, forging a 28-7 lead with 10:02 left in the final quarter.
CV (351 total net yards) made it four consecutive possessions with a touchdown, this time driving 38 yards and consuming 10 plays, with running back Paul Perugini scoring from five yards and 2:52 showing on the clock.
When Glendale quarterback Alex Yoon raced 63 yards for a touchdown about a minute later, the lead was trimmed to 21 points.
Yoon didn’t attempt a pass in the opening half, and connected on two of four for two yards.
The Nitros gained 196 yards on the ground, 122 in the first half, with Yoon churning out 83 yards on seven carries, and Alex Manukian accounting for 68 yards on 10 rushes.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Falcons took a 7-0 lead when Wilkerson (five of nine for 61 yards with one interception) orchestrated a 10-play, 67-yard march that he punctuated with a one-yard sneak as 8:05 remained on the clock.
Manukian’s 43-yard punt return gave Glendale the ball at the CV five-yard line. Four plays later, wide receiver Alejandro Maravilla tied it at 7-7 when he scored on a one-yard dive and 17 seconds left before intermission.