By Cole Weinstein
The La Cañada-Cresenta Valley rivalry, while filled with passion, is a simple one. It is built out of great respect for the sport and each other.
“It’s a great rivalry for us and it's a great one for them, especially as a non-league game. Sometimes, you don’t get as much emotion in those games, but because it's sort of a foothill boulevard battle, it's exciting for the kids to play,” said CV head coach Paul Schilling. “The players all played Gladiators together, they grew up together, they see each other in Montrose, so it's always an exciting game to watch.”
Sadly, the rivalry hasn’t been kind to the Spartans, with them losing to CV the last 9 seasons. This year was no different. The Spartans struggled mightily, with a final score of 3-35. The unfortunate loss resulted in CV handing LCHS their 10th annual loss within the rivalry.
The Spartans’ biggest issue was that they weren’t able to move the ball and the turnovers didn't help their chances. With the Spartans’ struggling on both sides of the ball and great play by CV’s offense (284 yards total), the game ended with a loss for LC.
Fortunately for the Spartans, this loss was only a preseason game because the teams are in different leagues. La Cañada has their first league matchup today against South Pasadena.
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LA CANADA, PROUD AND GRAND. ALMA MATER SHALL FOREVER STAND.