Regardless of the level, turnovers have been the bane for football coaches since the game was first played.
It was for Pasadena High’s Randy Horton, who saw the Bulldogs fall short againstCrescentaValley17-14 in a Pacific League match this past Friday at Moyse Field.
With 5:25 left in the fourth quarter,Pasadenahad the ball at its own 23-yard line when quarterback CaIeb Devine took the snap and tried to hand the ball to running back Kylon Fleming, but the exchange was botched.
The Falcons (198 total net yards) took over and marched to the seven-yard line before stalling which brought in Travis Palazzolo, who drilled a 24-yard field goal with 2:02 showing that gave the Falcons a nine-point lead.
Pasadena (1-4 and 1-1 in league) responded with a 68-yard, eight-play drive as Devine, a running back converted to signal-caller after Brandon Cox broke his left foot, hit wide receiver Wardell Barry with a 14-yard toss and seven seconds left.
The two-point conversion from Devine (eight of 16 for 69 yards) to Barry (six catches for 40 yards) was unsuccessful.
“We failed to execute,” said Horton. “We were a little flat tonight. If we scored with five minutes left, it’s a different game.”
“I want to play,” said the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Cox, who will be attending theUniversityofArizona, “and I want to help my team, but I also have to be smart. My season’s not over. I hope to be in the lineup soon.”
Crescenta Valley (3-2 and 1-1 in league) opened by recovering an onside kick, and two plays later running back William Wang (29 yards on seven rushes) traveled 30 yards to make it 6-0. Palazzolo’s extra point wasn’t attempted because the snap was fumbled.
“This is a huge win for us,” said Crescenta Valley Head Coach Paul Schilling, “because next week’s game is a lot more fun.”
The Bulldogs (258 total yards) made it 6-2 when Falcons quarterback Joe Torres (nine of 13 for 137 yards) had to fetch a high snap in the end zone for a safety as 5:02 remained in the first quarter.
Pasadenabuilt an 8-6 lead when Fleming (113 yards and eight carries) dashed up the middle and veered right for a 27-yard score early in the second quarter.
Torres had a one-yard sneak with eight seconds left before the half, and when he hit wide receiver Jack Lutynski on the two-point conversion, the Falcons were ahead 14-8.
Lutynski (29 yards and three catches) had a 13-yard reception during the 65-yard, seven-play drive, but severely injured his left knee in the second half.