It really doesn’t matter how a team wins, just that it does. Crescenta Valley High’s 27-7 victory over Glendale in a Pacific League tussle at Moyse Field last Friday came with four turnovers.
The Nitros also had sticky fingers, coughing up the ball four times as the uneven contest turned into a festival of mistakes.
“We didn’t play well,’’ said Crescenta Valley Head Coach Paul Schilling, whose team collected 347 total net yards, including 239 on the ground. “The defense played well, but the offense didn’t execute.”
Alex Atanackovic’s 28-yard field goal with 7:35 left in the first quarter provided Crescenta Valley with a 3-0 lead, and it became 10-0 with 9:10 showing in the second quarter when quarterback Brian Gadsby unloaded a five-yard pass to wide receiver Jordan Lobianco (39 yards on five catches), which came after Glendale quarterback Kevin Felix (three of 10 for 36 yards with three picks) was intercepted by Tyler Hill, who returned the ball 27 yards.
“They [Glendale] played hard, especially at the beginning,’’ said Gadsby, who hit 13 of 24 attempts for 108 yards with two interceptions. “It wasn’t our best effort, but a win is a win.”
Atanackovic’s 33-yarder made it 13-0 with 6:10 left before the half and came after Glendale punted.
When Felix (three of 10 for 36 yards with three picks) was intercepted by Lobianco, who had two, on the Nitros’ opening series, the Falcons failed to cash in after Gadsby threw an incomplete pass on fourth and 19.
Glendale (2-5 and 0-4 in league) got on the board with a six-yard toss from backup quarterback Robert Rovira (three of 11 for 35 yards with one interception) to running back Daniel Jung (50 yards on nine carries) and 5:52 showing in the third quarter that made it 13-7.
“I thought our defense played hard tonight,’’ said Glendale Head Coach John Tuttle, whose squad picked up 200 total yards. “After we scored we didn’t get any momentum back.”
The high-powered Falcons (6-1 and 3-1 in league) responded with an 80-yard march as running back Kevin Hello (83 yards on eight rushes) delivered a 21-yard run as 4:01 remained in the third quarter for a 20-7 lead.
Crescenta Valley moved in front by 20 points after Hello’s five-yard burst and 4:39 showing in the fourth quarter sealed Glendale’s fate.