Bulldogs hope for Devine inspiration
Football: Pasadena moves into its third week without quarterback Brandon Cox in a pivotal Pacific League title against Crescenta Valley.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Pasadena's linebacker turned quarterback Caleb Devine. (Photo by Libby Cline / September 27, 2012)
Over that period, the Bulldogs have played without blue chip quarterback Brandon Cox, who injured his left foot on Sept. 8, which required him to miss a minimum of three weeks.
Since then, the Bulldogs immediately felt the effects of his loss in a 35-6 defeat at Salesian, in which both sophomore linebacker Caleb Devine and senior wide receiver Wardell Barry took snaps at quarterback. Devine likely to start Friday, as Cox’s return is doubtful.
However, last week, Pasadena (1-3 overall, 1-0 in league) rebounded from the depths with a 35-0 win at Glendale in the Pacific League opener highlighted by senior running back Torus Stepney, who rushed 16 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
This week, the Bulldogs face a big challenger versus Crescenta Valley (2-2, 0-1) at Moyse Field on Friday at 7 p.m.
“We were losing games not because of our quarterback, but because of the mistakes we had been making,” Pasadena Coach Randy Horton said. “We weren’t running the ball and we were just giving up way too many turnovers. When you make mistakes like that, it doesn’t matter who your quarterback is.”
Conversely, the Bulldogs forced three turnover versus the Nitros last week, including two interceptions, while Pasadena dominated the total yardage at the end of the first half last week, 222-66, before inserting back-up players.
“We believe as a team that we can win as a team with Caleb,” Horton said. “Again, it’s not all on one player. Look at last week, we had a lot of people step up and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Crescenta Valley enters Friday’s affair after a deflating 36-0 loss to Muir last week in which the Falcons totaled only 163 yards and had a bit of a quarterback controversy as starter Ben Rees was pulled in the fourth quarter in favor of Joe Torres.
As for the running game, the Falcons were also stifled on the ground as running back William Wang rushed for a season-low 49 yards on 16 carries.
Hoover (2-2, 0-1 in league) at Muir (1-3, 1-0 in league), Friday at 7 p.m.
Remember last week when the Mustangs were battered and bruised with confidence seemingly at an all-time low? Well a much-needed 36-0 victory over Pacific League aspirant Crescenta Valley has certainly served as a boost.
The Mustangs weren’t just dominant, but explosive, as running back Andreece Brown, who was injured in the team’s opener at Upland, broke off touchdown runs of 96 and 54 yards.
Sophomore receiver Mason Taeon was also back from injury and hooked up for his third touchdown connection of the season from quarterback Joshua Muema-Washington, who completed 15 of 23 passes for 183 yards.
While Muir began its season in a somewhat big hole, the exact opposite was true of the Tornadoes.
Hoover opened with a 46-0 win over Blair and then a stunning 33-28 upset over South Pasadena, but has followed with losses to Temple City (15-14) and a league-opening 48-7 whipping delivered by Burbank last week.
Bellarmine-Jefferson (1-3) at Pasadena Poly (4-0) at South Pasadena High, Friday at 7 p.m.
As just about every other area team is right in the thick of action, the Panthers are in a down period, as Poly picked up a win last weekend via a forfeit in which it didn’t have to play and is officially on a bye next week.
In between, the Panthers will host the high-flying Guards, who have dropped three straight games, but not for a lack of offense.