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Crescenta Valley, Hoover gear up for intercity rivalry

Falcons set to face Tornadoes in Pacific League contest Friday

Eberhard, Schilling reflect on coaching.

October 06, 2010|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

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

FROM ONE RIVAL TO ANOTHER

For the second week in a row, the Crescenta Valley High football team will meet an intercity rival. The Falcons began Pacific League play Friday with a 35-14 victory against Glendale High at Moyse Field.

Now, the Falcons (3-1) will return to Moyse on Friday to face Hoover (1-3). The Tornadoes began league Thursday with a 57-13 loss to Burroughs, which shared the league championship last season with Burbank.

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Crescenta Valley first-year Coach Paul Schilling said there's room for improvement concerning his squad, which will have an arduous task of trying to stop Hoover senior quarterback AJ Pule, who passed for more than 300 yards against Burroughs.

"Hopefully, we will improve more this week," Schilling said. "I'll be happy when the Hoover game is over because it's tough facing your two [area] rivals in consecutive weeks.

"Hoover's got a tremendously talented offensive team and they seem to throw all of the time. Pule would start on any team in our league. He's a great athlete and we don't stop the pass well."

Hoover third-year Coach Chris Long said the Tornadoes will be presented some challenges playing against Crescenta Valley.

"I'm sure it will be a packed crowd," Long said. "We've had trouble stopping the run and CV likes to run a lot.

"I know we'll be ready, and I'm sure CV will be as well."

EBERHART REFLECTS ON CV GAME

For parts of 14 seasons, Alan Eberhart patrolled the sidelines as head coach at Crescenta Valley. Now, he's a second-year coach at Glendale attempting to turn the Nitros into a respectable program.

Though there's plenty to deal with, at least Eberhart won't have to longer worry about facing Crescenta Valley. Crescenta Valley recorded a 35-14 Pacific League win Friday against Glendale at Moyse.

Nonetheless, Eberhart had plenty to say about facing his former program.

"It's unique playing CV because you are standing across the sidelines and looking at what they present," said Eberhart, who coached the team to five league championships between 1993-2006. "The band, fans and, of course, the 60 players.

"We got our team ready to play. We wanted first downs and didn't want [Crescenta Valley] to have the ball. It was 7-7 at halftime and the players were excited, but we needed them to be unexcited and we told them to calm down.

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