It’s been nine years since the Glendale High football team defeated rival Crescenta Valley in a Pacific League game. But both teams are currently struggling in league play this time around.
Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling said the Falcons (3-4, 1-3 in league) don’t plan to take the Nitros (1-6, 0-4) lightly when the teams meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Moyse Field.
“We’ve been pushing that to our players since our last game,” said Schilling, whose team has lost two games in a row, including a 38-21 defeat against Burbank on Friday. “For us to be at 3-4, we haven’t done anything yet.
“I told our players that the playoffs start now for us. It’s win or we are done. We have to win our last three games. It starts with Glendale, and we know they will play better.”
The Nitros, who have lost five consecutive games, would like nothing more than to play the role of spoiler against the Falcons. Glendale will look to beat Crescenta Valley for the first time since Oct. 17, 2003, when it posted a 38-37 double-overtime win. Glendale’s previous victory against Crescenta Valley came in 1991.
Glendale is coming off a 49-7 league road loss against Arcadia on Friday.
“For us, it’s just about trying to get better,” Glendale Coach John Tuttle said. “That’s our main goal.
“Defensively, we have to try to get after them because they have a big line. We have to go out there and play a little better and be able to execute.”
Crescenta Valley received another nice effort from running back William Wang. Wang finished with 85 yards rushing and one touchdown in 27 carries against Burbank.
Glendale’s top threat is senior wide receiver Michael Davis, who will attend Brigham Young University next year. Arcadia held Davis in check, limiting him to 34 yards of total offense.
“He’s the big guy for them, and he will be our main focus,” said Schilling, whose team recorded a 49-3 victory against Glendale last season. “We have to make sure we give him as few touches as possible.”
Burroughs vs. Hoover at Moyse Field, 7 p.m. Thursday: The Tornadoes will look to see how they match up against Burroughs, which shared the Pacific League championship with Arcadia last season, after posting a 37-8 league win against Pasadena on Friday. Hoover (3-4, 1-2 in league) beat Pasadena for the first time since 1986 and snapped a 17-game league losing streak.
Hoover running back Jesse Pina rushed for 138 yards and one touchdown in 20 carries against Pasadena. The Tornadoes will probably turn to Pina, a senior, to carry the offensive load against a Burroughs squad that’s won or shared three straight league crowns.
Burroughs (2-5, 2-2) suffered a 21-14 league road loss against Muir on Friday, giving up the winning score with 45.1 seconds remaining in the game. The loss snapped Burroughs’ two-game winning streak.
Burroughs running back Israel Montes finished with 41 yards rushing and one touchdown in 15 carries against Muir.
The Indians have won the first six meetings against the Tornadoes since joining the league in 2006, including a 42-14 victory last season. Burroughs has scored 330 points in the stretch against Hoover, averaging 55 points per contest.
Flintridge Prep vs. Rio Hondo Prep at Occidental College, 7 p.m. Friday: A feel-good story has transformed into one of a football team contending for a Prep League title at Flintridge Prep this year, as the Rebels are on a three-game winning streak.
“[Morale is] extremely high, but we are making sure we keep them focused,” said Flintridge Prep Coach Antonio Harrison whose team is 2-0 in league, 4-3 overall. “I already told them they’ve done more than anyone could have expected of them after last year. Now they have nothing to lose, they just have to go out there and play.”
Prep faces an all new test Friday in the form of the one other undefeated league team, the league title favorites and reining CIF Southern Section Northeast Division champions in Rio Hondo Prep, which has won the league crown five years straight and is 26-1 in league over the past six years.
“We are going to have to play a mistake-free game, come out and be the aggressors and be confident,” Harrison said. “Don’t worry about the score, continue to fight and only worry about what we can control.”