Crescenta Valley High quarterback Brian Gadsby looking to start where he left off
From junior varsity call-up to junior incumbent, sophomore has been a quick study with Crescenta Valley football.
Crescenta Valley High football quarterback Brian Gadsby is ready to lead the Falcons after starting the final two games last season. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Less than 24 hours removed from a loss to Glendale that still lingers for the Falcons, Brian Gadsby was watching game film with friends when his phone rang with varsity assistant Dennis Gossard on the other end.
“I was like, ‘Huh? He’s never called me before,’” Gadsby recalls.
With the call came the call-up to varsity. Gadsby started the final two games of the 2012 season, quarterbacking the Falcons to victories over Hoover and, most notably, rival Arcadia. In many ways it salvaged the season, as Crescenta Valley finished at 5-5 with a rivalry win to ride off into the offseason with.
“Not a lot of players end on a win,” junior defensive lineman Davo Hakobyan says. “I’m glad we beat our rivals at the least.
“Beating your rival is always sweet.”
Without hesitation, Gadsby will tell you baseball was his first love when it comes to the world of sports and, as he sees it, it always will be.
For 12 years, the lanky right-hander has had a smile curving his face when a diamond was underneath his feet.
As for football, the 16-year-old junior is plenty short on experience after just two seasons. Alas, you would hardly know it, as the 6-foot-2, 145-pounder with potential aplenty in his right arm and a knack for playing big in important games enters the season as the incumbent starter for the Falcons, a season removed from aiding mightily in punctuating an otherwise disappointing 2012 campaign.
“He definitely kinda commands our respect,” says senior linebacker Austin Brines, who’s also Gadsby’s teammate on the school’s baseball team. “He kinda walks around like he’s good, but not with a cockiness. It’s a confidence. And when he’s playing with confidence, we play with confidence.”
Statistically, Gadsby didn’t put up dazzling numbers in his two starts as a sophomore.
In a 21-19 victory against Hoover, he completed three of five passes for 97 yards, his first varsity touchdown and his first varsity interception. He threw two more interceptions against Arcadia, as he completed 21 of 38 passes for 216 yards and added a rushing touchdown. But the Falcons won, upsetting their playoff-bound archrivals, 23-7.
What was most impressive was the confidence and mentality he played with and the manner in which he handled the situation of being a sophomore leading an offense of upperclassmen.
“The guys were very open to him,” senior Kevin Hello says. “After the Arcadia game, the guys looked to him wishing he had come up earlier in the year.”
As Gadsby tells it, when he was called up along with friends Chase and Weston Walker, their aspirations were simply to show the CV coaching staff they deserved to start the following season.
What Gadsby did against Arcadia was leave the Falcons with a lasting impression and a lasting highlight.
“He really stepped up,” Hakobyan says. “He was a great leader for us as a sophomore.
“During the Arcadia game, he came up huge.”
While Gadsby’s play ended the Crescenta Valley football season on a positive, it was very much the beginning of a sensational sophomore year.