Falcons Fall to Golden Valley, 55-21

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

The Crescenta Valley High School football team had one last game to tune up for Pacific League play when it hosted Golden Valley High from Santa Clarita on Thursday evening. However, instead of gearing up, the Falcons stalled out.
Crescenta Valley was overmatched from the start by the visiting Grizzlies, who mauled the Falcons 55-21 at Glendale High’s Moyse Field in nonleague action.
“What it came down to was lack of execution. We had a tough time moving the ball offensively,” CV coach Hudson Gossard said. “We put too much strain on our defense.”
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Crescenta Valley, Glendale Conclude Shortened Season

The season didn’t end as the coaches and players wanted it to for the Glendale and Crescenta Valley high school football teams. The Nitros suffered a 49-18 loss at San Marino and the Falcons struggled to find their rhythm offensively in a 27-13 loss at Arcadia.
However, the feeling from coaches wasn’t one of disappointment but rather of appreciation and gratitude.
“Overall, just getting out there for us was enough, especially for those seniors who sacrificed so much,” said CVHS head coach Hudson Gossard. “We’re so happy we could get out and do this for them.”
Crescenta Valley finished the abbreviated season 1-3 with its lone victory against Burbank. All things considered, it’s a campaign Gossard will take.

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Bulldogs Fall to Crescenta Valley High School, 13-6

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

Crescenta Valley running back Matthew Watson (21) attempts to evade tackles from Burbank’s Kuba Raymond (4) and Mick Richards (33) as teammate Sebastian Wynder (54) looks on during CV’s win at Burbank on April 2.

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.

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Falcons Beaten By Pasadena, 41-20

By Austin Green
Glendale News-Press

Photo courtesy Raymond Quan
Crescenta Valley High School’s Xavier White (11) had two catches for 23 yards in a 41-20 loss to Pasadena on Thursday evening.

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.

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Falcons Beat Burbank, 13-6

By Austin Green
Glendale News Press

Photo courtesy Raymond Quan
Crescenta Valley running back Matthew Watson (21) attempts to evade tackles from Burbank’s Kuba Raymond (4) and Mick Richards (33) as teammate Sebastian Wynder (54) looks on during CV’s win at Burbank on April 2.

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.

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Falcons Fall To Muir in Rose Bowl

By Austin Green
Glendale News-Press

Photo courtesy John Pehar
Crescenta Valley quarterback Brendon Pehar (12) rolls out to pass as lineman Grant Carl (56) helps block for him during Falcons’ 32-14 loss to Pasadena’s Muir High School at the Rose Bowl on Thursday.

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.

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Prep Athletes Work Out on Campuses, Raising Spirits

Photo courtesy GUSD
The Crescenta Valley High School football team is on campus training after the Glendale Unified School District reopened doors to athletes.

Under ordinary circumstances, the Crescenta Valley High School football team would have been either celebrating or lamenting the end of the regular season, which originally was to have concluded on Oct. 30. But in a world with COVID-19, everyday life is anything but ordinary.
“It’s just so bizarre, and I just can’t believe we’re in November,” said Falcons head coach Hudson Gossard. “Is there a chance of a football season? Who knows?”
The California Interscholastic Federation, the state’s governing body for high school athletics, has a schedule in place for fall sports to resume competition in December and January, should public health officials allow it. And if it does, teams in the Glendale Unified School District will certainly be ready.

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