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First meeting focuses on rivalry between Crescenta Valley High and St. Francis as "Battle for Foothill Boulevard" looms.

September 15, 2010|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 68th year, meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the first meeting of the year.

BOULEVARD BATTLE

COMING SOON

The annual "Battle of Foothill Boulevard" contest between St. Francis High and Crescenta Valley will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at Glendale High's Moyse Field. Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling and St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds have already begun making preparations for a game that the Golden Knights have won eight consecutive times.

The players come and go, but Schilling and Bonds said the ambiance of the game brings out the best in the community.

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"When you play CV, you just throw everything out because it's always going to be a dogfight," said Bonds, whose team earned a 28-21 win at home last season. "I don't expect anything different and it's a great community game to come out and watch."

Schilling, who took over the program from Tony Zarrillo, will experience first hand what it will be like to be a part of the rivalry while patrolling the sidelines as head coach. He's seen it most recently as the defensive coordinator for the Falcons the past several seasons, in which the Falcons had the arduous task of finding a way to contain standouts Dietrich Riley and Justin Posthuma, who have since graduated and are now at UCLA.

"They are a really good football team and we have had some nightmares about Dietrich the last [three] years," Schilling said. "Now, they have more guys to worry about.

"[Left tackle] Patrick Carroll is unbelievable. I saw the film from St. Francis' game against Arcadia last week and he absolutely just destroys guys. We will probably have a defensive line by committee against him. It's one of the most exciting games of the year in the area."

EBERHART REFLECTS

ON FIRST GAME

Glendale second-year Coach Alan Eberhart and his 28-member team have loftier expectations for this season. The Nitros went 1-9 and 0-7 in the Pacific League last season, leaving Eberhart and his assistants to reevaluate how to make the Nitros a more well-rounded opponent.

Glendale opened its season Friday with a 21-10 nonleague home loss against Cathedral and Eberhart saw some progress.

"We know we needed to start over," Eberhart said. "We put them through some tough workouts during the spring and summer.

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