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Spartans look to snap Falcons' streak

La Cañada looks to snap Crescenta Valley's four-year winning streak when the two teams square off Friday.

September 21, 2011|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

The following are previews of the area's upcoming high school football games this week.

The annual La Cañada High-Crescenta Valley rivalry game has gone down to the wire the past two years, as each contest have been decided by four points or less.

"It's been [close] two years in a row now," La Cañada Coach Dan Yoder said. "I mean, we obviously hope that it doesn't come down to that, but we will go out and do the best we can —- take it one play at a time. They usually bring us a pretty tough game. You always get up for CV, to play the guys up the hill."

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The teams will meet again at 7 p.m. Friday at La Cañada.

Crescenta Valley pulled out an emotional 38-34 victory over La Cañada last season, as the game was played two days after the death of former CV Coach Gordy Warnock. The Falcons have recently dominated the annual contest, defeating the Spartans each of the past four games.

The rivalry game takes on even more meaning for the Spartans this year, as it also serves as their home opener. Both teams come into the game with 1-1 records, but they experienced quite different results under the lights last week.

The Falcons squared off with their other La Cañada rival, St. Francis, and were outmatched in a 35-0 loss. The Spartans staved off a last-minute Glendale High comeback with an interception for a 16-14 win.

"[The team is] up from the win, but we also recognize CV is a big challenge and we are going to have to shore up a lot of the little mistakes we made on both sides of the ball from last week," Yoder said. "Any time you make a mistake against a team like CV, they will make you pay for it."

La Cañada rushed for 200 yards in 41 carries against Glendale, using a stable of several different backs. One of Yoder's biggest concerns about squaring off with the Falcons is how his offensive and defensive lines will hold up against CV's big bodies up front.

"They are bigger than the teams we have faced to this point, so we have to make sure we are able to win the fight in the trenches," Yoder said.

Crescenta Valley will look to get its offense back on track, after managing just 79 offensive yards last week.

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