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Hoover feeling at home for new season

Football: Tornadoes will enjoy seven home games and eight total at Moyse.

August 23, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com

The various anomalies in the Hoover High football team's 2011 schedule include an abundance of home games, more Thursday night games than ever before and a double dose of civic rivalry.

The latter is the most notable difference from previous Tornadoes' campaigns, as for the first time ever, the regular season will kick off exactly the same way as it customarily ends — with a clash against archrival Glendale.

"It's interesting, it will be a fun way to kick off our season and get everybody going," said first-year Hoover Coach Andrew Policky, who took over for Chris Long in March when the schedule had already been arranged. "Hopefully we can get a nice turnout for that first game. It should be fun for the kids to get to play their rival twice. That part of it is cool."

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The Tornadoes, who went 1-9 and 0-7 in the Pacific League last season, will be visitors on their home field at Glendale High's Moyse Field for a nonleague matchup against the Nitros at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8, the first of five total Thursday games on the docket. Rather than replacing the November classic "Battle for the Victory Bell," this meeting previews it, as the league season concludes with the finale of a two-game set with the Nitros at 7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 10 at Moyse.

Due to holidays and scheduling conflicts at Moyse Field, which is shared by three high schools in the school district, the Tornadoes will play half of their 10 regular season games on Thursdays, whereas in past seasons, no more than one or two Thursday games would typically dot the schedule.

"The one thing that's tough this year is that I noticed is that we have a whole bunch of Thursday games," Policky said. "That's going to pose an interesting quirk in terms of how we're going to practice. Those weeks, Saturday will be our install day and we'll come and go Monday offense and Tuesday defense and then come in Wednesday and have our walk-through and Friday will be a day where we lift and break down tape from the previous night's game."

Working more in Hoover's favor is the five home games the team will play, with two other road dates being played at Moyse Field. In fact, the Tornadoes will play just one of their seven league games away from Moyse.

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