Don’t expect Crescenta Valley High football Coach Alan Eberhart to receive much sympathy from his counterparts.
The second-year coach is undefeated this season and had a running back rush for over 200 yards, but he claims to be frustrated.
Chris Hedrick gained 213 yards in 19 carries and scored three touchdowns in Crescenta Valley’s 28-6 nonleague victory over South Pasadena at Glendale High on Thursday night.
“I’m frustrated because we have no one else to give the ball to,” Eberhart said. “It didn’t take long for them to realize we were going to give the ball to the tailback.”
Even if South Pasadena had known the plays, the Tigers still would have had trouble stopping Hedrick.
Hedrick, who is playing his first varsity season, scored second-quarter touchdowns on runs of five and two yards.
The two-yard run came after an apparent 25-yard score was called back because of a holding penalty.
Hedrick added a 90-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for Crescenta Valley’s final score.
The Falcons (4-0) held South Pasadena (0-4) in check, limiting the Tigers to 92 yards.
The victory came as a relief for Crescenta Valley.
Last week, the Falcons escaped with a 15-14 victory over Burbank when the Bulldogs missed a field-goal try in the final seconds.
“Our line blocked much better tonight than last week,” said Hedrick, who has scored 11 touchdowns. “I even had guys that were throwing blocks downfield.”
Crescenta Valley also had success passing. Quarterback John Watts completed only four of seven, but they accounted for 122 yards and a touchdown.
Rocky Barbaro scored on a 79-yard pass play early in the third quarter to give Crescenta Valley a 21-0 lead.
South Pasadena attempted to rally in the fourth quarter when Johnny Chen intercepted a pass by Watts and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. The conversion kick was blocked.
South Pasadena recovered an onside kick and drove to Crescenta Valley’s four-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs.
Crescenta Valley sacked Tiger quarterback Mahan Riahi four times for 54 yards in losses.
Running back Dion Higuera had 40 yards in 10 carries for Crescenta Valley, which amassed 377 yards.