Roughly nine weeks away from the opening kickoff of high school football, the annual St. Francis Passing Tournament set down at St. Francis and La Cañada high on Friday.
Though just about every coach is quick to point out summer passing leagues are about getting familiar with schemes and building camaraderie and that wins and losses don't matter all that much, both St. Francis High and Crescenta Valley were in reach of the tournament crown.
And when both came up short, it was clearly disappointing.
"This group is very passionate when they get it going, they get excited," said first-year Falcons Coach Paul Schilling, whose team lost to Royal, 26-18, in a back-and-forth final.
Royal defeated Glendale, 35-24, in the opening round of elimination play before besting St. Francis, 37-21, in the semifinals.
"We have never won this tournament," said St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds. "So we kind of built it up like, hey let's win one. So we were a bit disappointed [after the loss]."