Palmdale hitting its stride

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Antelope Valley (6-3, 4-1), which is tied with Palmdale, could get preferred playoff seeding based on its 22-19 victory Oct. 7 over the Falcons. “Those kids played through a tough preseason, and I kept telling them ‘it’s going to make you better, it’s going to make you better,’ ” Palmdale coach Jeff Williams said. “They understand what our work is doing for them, and they understand why we play the teams that we play. I think (Friday’s game) really showed that it made us better to play in that tough preseason. “We’re just hitting our stride, which is where we want to be going into the playoffs.” New wrinkle: Antelope Valley running back Andre Crenshaw saw action at quarterback in Friday’s 29-0 victory over Knight. Crenshaw’s only pass attempt was an incompletion, but his presence behind center figures to be a significant cause for concern for defensive coordinators heading into the playoffs. PALMDALE – One could spend hours comparing high school football teams and have a difficult time finding a better sub-.500 team than Palmdale. The Falcons (4-5 overall, 4-1 Golden League) played an exceedingly difficult nonleague schedule that included three defending Southern Section champions. Their nonleague opponents have a combined 37-7 record. If the results are any indication, Palmdale appears to be benefiting from the challenge. The Falcons are coming off their most impressive and significant win of the season, a 35-21 victory over Lancaster that put them on the brink of their fourth consecutive league title. Palmdale can clinch at least a share of the title with a victory Thursday over Quartz Hill. A Division I prospect considered among the region’s top athletes – he is a state long jump champion and also plays on the baseball and basketball teams – Crenshaw gives the Antelopes an added dimension with sophomore Roniaiah Tuiasosopo, who is more of a pocket passer. “Every single time he has the ball in his hands, he can make something happen,” Antelope Valley coach Jon Fleming said. “He can run, he can throw, and he’s played the position before (as a sophomore).” Fit to break a tie: Highland coach Jim Root cited conditioning as a big factor in Friday’s 31-24 double-overtime victory over Quartz Hill. The Bulldogs (4-5, 3-2) can clinch a playoff berth Thursday with a victory over Knight. “Our team is really well-conditioned,” Root said, “and when you get to a double-overtime situation, it really shows.” Expansion: Highland would tie Lancaster (7-3, 4-2) for third place with a victory Thursday. Both teams would make the playoffs – the Golden League receives four berths because of Knight’s addition. If there’s a tie, Highland would get preferred seeding because of its 28-27 upset of Lancaster on Oct. 21. Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img