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Crescenta Valley Pulls Rank

September 16, 2000|STEVEN HERBERT | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

GLENDALE — Jason Hogan scored two touchdowns and Crescenta Valley High upset St. Francis, 24-14, in a nonleague football game Friday night at Glendale High.

The Golden Knights (1-1) are ranked second in the region by The Times and in Division III.

The Falcons (2-0), are unranked by The Times but moved into sixth in Division III after a 24-20 victory over Thousand Oaks.

"No one gave us a chance to win," Coach Alan Eberhart of Crescenta Valley said. "I just told the players to go out there and have fun. The game plan was to get them in the fourth quarter and we got them."

Hogan caught eight passes for 91 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown from Hudson Gossard.

Hogan rushed for 64 yards in 15 carries, including a three-yard touchdown with 40 seconds left.

"He's our guy," Eberhart said. "We're probably too scared to give the ball to someone else."

After Crescenta Valley's lead was cut to 17-14 with 6:11 left on John Sciarra's 34-yard touchdown pass to Jason Vadercook, the Falcons went almost exclusively to Hogan.

Hogan handled the ball on all but one play in a 13-play, 80-yard drive. He ran nine times for 34 yards, including an 18-yard gain to the St. Francis 11-yard line, and caught two passes for 16 yards.

The Golden Knights' three main offensive standouts all had subpar games.

Sciarra completed 12 of 23 passes for 136 yards, with one touchdown and an interception. He opened the season by completing 14 of 20 passes for 253 yards in a 35-10 victory over Arcadia.

"I just did horribly," said Sciarra, who has committed to UCLA."I made a lot of bad decisions."

Brett Mitchell caught two passes for seven yards.

Crescenta Valley limited Matthew Milton to 34 yards in 11 carries. He had 83 yards in the opener.

"We made too many mental mistakes on both sides of the ball," Coach Jim Bonds of St. Francis said. "We got out-coached and out-played in every facet of the game."

Crescenta Valley took a 10-7 lead on Brent Clissold's 19-yard field goal 11 seconds before halftime and Gossard's three-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Radenbaugh on the first play of the fourth quarter made it 17-7.

Gossard completed 19 of 34 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns, with one pass intercepted.

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