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Local coaches rebound from rough week

Of local squads, only St. Francis comes back a winner, as Pacific League schools stumble.

October 18, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 69th year, meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the sixth meeting of the year.

PACIFIC COACHES

DISSECT LOSSES

It was a rough week for the three Pacific League club-member teams, as Crescenta Valley High, Glendale and Hoover combined to go 0-3 in league play.

Falcons Coach Paul Schilling was left scratching his head after his team rolled up 567 yards of total offense, yet still came away with its first loss of the league season, 53-42, at Pasadena on Friday.

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"Obviously, we didn't play very well on defense," Schilling said.

Marro Lee (196 yards) and William Wang (108 yards) both topped 100 yards on the ground for Crescenta Valley (4-2, 2-1 in league), but the true offensive star of the game turned out to be the Bulldogs' dynamic quarterback Brandon Cox, who totaled 350 all-purpose yards of his own and accounted for six touchdowns.

"He can run, he can throw, he's left-handed, he's got a nice little touch," Schilling said of Cox. "We said, 'Let's not give him any time to throw the ball.' Well, it didn't work.

"We tried to go after him and he still got rid of the ball, threw those little passes and threw over our head and he ran. He's a phenomenal player and every team that plays them from now on will just try to game plan just around him."

Glendale (1-5) fell to 0-3 in league with a 70-34 loss to league front-runner Burroughs on Thursday, but Nitros Coach Alan Eberhart praised several good plays by his team, including a diving catch in the end zone by Alex Yoon and a 94-yard kickoff return by Michael Davis.

"Improvement's great, but the game still is about winning," said Eberhart, whose team's last win came over Hoover in the season opener on Sept. 3. "It's frustrating because we've come so far and the result keeps being the same."

Hoover Coach Andrew Policky could empathize with the Nitros' frustration, and then some, as the Tornadoes fell to 0-6 with Friday's 42-0 defeat to Muir and are yet to score in three weeks of league play.

"Our frustration level is way, way above the frustration level [of Glendale]," Policky said. "We can't score at all."

KNIGHTS BRING UP

SUPER SOPHS.

St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds announced that several members of the program's sophomore team will be brought up to the varsity level for the team's upcoming three-game swing of tough Mission League games.

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