Golden Knights hoping health is wealth against Eagles

St. Francis High looking to have return of three keys starters

Claire reflects on Dodger days.

October 20, 2010|By Charles Rich,

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 sixth meeting of the year.


Mired in a rare three-game losing skid, St. Francis High will likely see the return of three key players to its lineup Friday night against visiting Chaminade in a Mission League contest.

Veteran St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds said running backs Michael Melnick and Austin De Los Santos and standout left tackle Patrick Carroll might return when the Golden Knights (3-3, 0-1 in league) face a Chaminade squad that's 6-0 and ranked second in the latest CIF Southern Section Western Division poll behind Gardena Serra.


"We just have to keep an even keel and we have another tough test against Chaminade," Bonds said. "We feel like we match up with them speed-wise."

Bonds also reflected on St. Francis' 41-14 loss to Serra, the defending CIF-State Division III champion, on Saturday at Friedman Field.

"We knew that we would have our work cut out against Serra," said Bonds, who saw the Golden Knights' four first-half possessions result in two straight failed attempts to convert on fourth down, along with a punt and interception. "The score wasn't indicative to the way our team played.

"We just made some offensive mistakes. If we could have prevented those mistakes and the big plays, then the score would have been much closer. If we can limit our mistakes, then I think we can see them again [in the playoffs]."


Glendale second-year Coach Alan Eberhart isn't accustomed to losing. The last thing he probably expected was to see the Nitros saddled with a 13-game losing streak. Glendale suffered a 26-13 Pacific League loss to visiting Pasadena on Friday.

"We've got to try and figure it out," said Eberhart, whose team fell to 0-6, 0-3 in league and will meet defending co-league champion Burroughs on Thursday. "In our six games, we've been in four of them with a chance to win three.

"I'm intrigued. I have to be patient and it will take some patience. We just need to keep playing hard."

Glendale's last victory came Sept. 24, 2009, when it topped South Pasadena, 28-21.


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