LOS ANGELES — It’s hard to sugarcoat a 52-13 loss under any circumstances, but Coach Alan Eberhart knows that fattening up on cupcakes in nonleague play won’t help his Glendale High football team much when the Pacific League season begins.
A feel-good win over an inferior opponent to kick off the season wasn’t an option for the Nitros this year, as they instead got a polished, athletic Cathedral squad that entered Friday’s game at Cathedral ranked ninth in the CIF Southern Section Northwest Division. Indeed, for the unranked Nitros, who went 6-4 a year ago, nothing felt good about a game in which they trailed by 38 points midway through the first half, but Eberhart had a different take.
“This is good for us,” said the veteran coach and Glendale High graduate, who made his return to head coaching after last leading Crescenta Valley during the 2006 season. “We played a really good football team and did the best we could with what we had. I think that’s a good learning experience for our kids.