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Falcons Fly Past Gladstone Gladiators

Duarte defender Parnell Barnes was living in the G-Stone backfield Thursday night. Photo by Doug Brown

by: Joe Torosian

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“This puts us back in position where we’re in playoff contention now,” said Duarte head coach Jason Martin. “We just got to stay the course and keep doing the things were doing, stay consistent, and become better mental football players.”

A scoreless first quarter was followed with a 45-point eruption by the Duarte Falcons, who then glided to an easy 45-0 victory over the Gladstone Gladiators on Thursday night in Montview League action.

The Falcons are now 2-1 in league (3-3 overall) while the Gladiators are now 1-2 in league (2-4 overall).

Duarte running back Sam Edwards scored twice. First on a 53-yard screen pass from Mark Cruz where he zig-zagged back and forth across the field before reaching paydirt. That score made it 17-0 at the half. His second score came on a 78-yard fumble recovery in the final seconds of the third quarter to push the Duarte advantage to 38-0.

While it was Cruz who threw the touchdown pass to Edwards, Isaiah Scott did the bulk of the damage at quarterback for Duarte. Scott went  13 of 22 for 217 yards and a touchdown. The scoring pass was a 28-yard strike to Nick Leon in the second.

The Falcons Darryl Robinson caught three passes for 34 yards, and rushed two times for 41 yards, including a 27-yard scoring run to close out the game.

“Oh, we just got him (Robinson) two games ago,” said Martin. “He’s our surprise for league play.”

Gladstone had 10 possessions, seven ended with a punt, one on a turnover on downs, one by fumble, and the last when the clock ran out in the fourth quarter.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Falcons Fly Past Gladstone Gladiators