"There started to be the feeling on our sidelines, not only of joy, but a little sense of relief that we think we finally did this," said Eberhart of the mood when his team started to pull away in the second half and the end of a 16-game winning streak became a reality. "On Thursday at our practice, I took the kids into the "G" [at midfield] and said after the game we're going to come here and we're going to celebrate and we did."
Tornadoes Coach Chris Long, whose team won the big game last season, said the loss came down to familiar pitfalls, including shaky special teams play that gave the Nitros great field position all night.
"We were just hoping that we would get a couple stops in the third and fourth quarter and then go ahead and win, but that didn't happen," Long said. "Hats off to Glendale, they played a great game."
BONDS LOOKS AHEAD
TO CIF PLAYOFFS
After the St. Francis High football team beat Harvard-Westlake, 34-14, on Friday night to qualify for the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs, Golden Knights Coach Jim Bonds was the lone member of the club's coaching panel with an upcoming postseason matchup to discuss.
St. Francis opens the playoffs at No. 2 seed Dominguez at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
"I told our guys it's fun when you shock people," Bonds said. "Nobody except our team and our coaches really think we have a chance to go down to Compton and beat Dominguez, but after watching film and seeing what they do, we think we have a great game plan."
Defensive back/receiver Ryan Jenkins played quarterback in the Golden Knights' Wildcat set against Harvard-Westlake with good results, including a second-half touchdown run. Bonds said the Wildcat could make an encore on Friday.
"We're thinking about just using that wrinkle a little bit more as we move into the playoffs or just have it as a variation in our offense," Bonds said.
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