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.
The Southern California sports scene was abuzz the last two weeks, and it wasn’t so much the Lakers dominating the Western Conference nor the Dodgers solid start to spring training. It was the official return of high school football, and what a return it was, especially for Maranatha High School.
The Minutemen, coached by former NFL standout LaVar Arrington, opened their season at home with a 46-7 rout over Olympic League opponent La Habra Whittier Christian last Friday.
Tobey Schmidt, who transferred from high school sports powerhouse Mater Dei of Santa Ana, turned in a stellar debut performance. The junior quarterback completed 28 of 37 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for two scores. All four of his passing touchdowns were to speedy sophomore receiver Derek Ganter Jr.
Maranatha (1-0 overall record) will host Heritage Christian of Northridge in a league contest on Friday, March 26, at 2:30 p.m. The Warriors (1-1 overall) are coming off a 24-19 victory over Sun Valley Village Christian.