Nearly 18 months since Crescenta Valley High School football won the 2019 CIF Southern Section championship, the Falcons notched their first victory of the pandemic-altered spring 2021 season, beating Burbank High School, 13-6, on the road. The victory evened CV’s record at 1-1 in both overall and Pacific League play. Burbank fell to 0-3 and 0-2 in the Pacific League. CV held the Bulldogs scoreless after the game’s opening drive and enjoyed fantastic second-half performances from star running back/linebacker Sebastian DeLeon and quarterback Brendon Pehar after some trademark in-game adjustments from head coach Hudson Gossard. A week after they struggled with turnovers during their loss to Pasadena’s Muir High School in the Rose Bowl, the Falcons did not allow a single takeaway. “I’m not gonna lie, it feels awesome. It really does,” Gossard said after his first win in 491 days.
Pasadena High School recorded 381 total yards of offense and quarterback Dante Coronel connected with receiver Mekhi Fox for four touchdowns as the Bulldogs defeated defending CIF champion Crescenta Valley High School 41-20 on Thursday, spoiling the Falcons’ only home game of the shortened spring 2021 season. The game was moved to Glendale High School’s Moyse Field to allow for socially distanced fans in the bleachers, along with cheer squads and a pep band (minus wind instruments per COVID-19 restrictions) on the CV side. The home team also had a short pregame ceremony to honor its seniors. While Falcons coach Hudson Gossard believed it brought a more “normal” Friday night high school football feel, the result was still very much a spring 2021 affair, with Pasadena continuing its stunning rampage through the Pacific League thanks in large part to Coronel’s breakout season.
In its first full-blown competitive football game since the fall of 2019, Crescenta Valley High School hung with Pasadena’s Muir High School through three quarters at the iconic Rose Bowl but ultimately could not overcome six turnovers the Falcons committed, as Muir pulled away late to win 32-14. The Mustangs beat the Falcons on Thursday for the first time since 2013 to move to 1-1 on the season and 1-0 in Pacific League play. CV, which has not played in 16 months, has an 0-1 record.