Bell still talk of the town

Eberhart and Policky recall highlights from latest chapter in the "Battle for the Victory Bell" contest.

November 16, 2011|By Charles Rich,

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 10th meeting of the year.



Less than a week after the Glendale High and Hoover football teams combined for 104 points — the most in the "Battle for the Victory Bell" contest that began in 1930 — former Glendale Coach Alan Eberhart, who resigned Monday, and Hoover Coach Andrew Policky hadn't forgotten all the touchdowns and highlights that occurred.

Glendale posted a 55-49 victory on Thursday in front of more than 5,000 at Glendale High's Moyse Field to retain possession of the bell for the second season in a row.


"It was a beautiful night and everything we did initially was great," Eberhart said. "We got up, 14-0, then it's 14-6 and then its 42-21 at halftime.

"We knew something in that we couldn't stop Hoover. We go up 48-21 going into the fourth quarter and they score a touchdown to get closer and you can hear the roar in the crowd from their side of the field.

"Then they get it to 55-49 and I'm then thinking we are going to lose 56-55. We were able to get the ball back and run out the clock. Hoover never stopped playing and they kept getting more energy. They didn't believe they were going to lose."

For Policky, it was his first game as head coach against Glendale with the bell at stake.

Despite struggling throughout most of the first half, Policky said he tried to rally his team during the intermission.

"We came out at the start of the game a little shell-shocked," Policky said. "It was 14-0 before we blinked.

"We got it going on offense in the second half. We felt like if we could have had one more chance [after making it 55-49] that we could have won."



Two of the five local high school football teams qualified for the CIF playoffs. Both will be on the road Friday for first-round contests after the CIF office unveiled the playoff matchups Sunday. St. Francis (8-2) will face Paramount (5-5) and Crescenta Valley (6-4) will take on fourth-seeded La Mirada (6-4).

The Golden Knights received an at-large berth after finishing third in the Mission League. The Falcons tied for third in the Pacific League, but will be the league's No. 4 team as a result of a coin flip.

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