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New-look Glendale football has new focus

Football: Nitros look to stay competitive in each game this season, hope for winning record, playoff appearance.

August 25, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Christian Osorio will take over as the Glendale High football team's primary running back in 2012.
Christian Osorio will take over as the Glendale High football… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

John Tuttle saw a clear change in his Glendale High football team when it squared off with cross-town Hoover in 2010 when he was coaching the freshman squad.

Everything felt different from the previous nine games of the year — the electric atmosphere, the size of the crowd and the intensity of his team.

Now that Tuttle has taken over as the new Nitros varsity coach, he's looking for his team to bring that same focus and passion to each game this year.

"That's one of the things we talked about the other day actually," Tuttle said. "It's not about week 10, it's about week one through 10. Each game of the year is important, not just Hoover.

"We talk about preparing for each and every week — to win football games you have to prepare not just show up and play."

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Both of Glendale's wins in a 2-8, 1-6 in Pacific League 2011 season came against its cross-town rival, as both teams opened and closed the season against each other. The Nitros won the opener by a score of 20-6 and the season finale, 55-49.

In his first season with the Nitros, Tuttle, who replaces three-year coach Alan Eberhart, wants to see his new team compete and keep games close.

"I think a successful season for us would be being competitive in games, giving people a run for their money," said Tuttle, whose team hasn't reached the playoffs since 2003. "That way we have a chance at the end of the game and can see what happens at the end. I think that would be a realistic goal for us. I hope that we can be competitive and get people to start preparing for us."

It would be a good step forward for the Nitros, who played La Cañada (16-14) and Pasadena (47-46) very close last year, but were unable to stay within 27 points in the rest of their losses in 2011.

Tuttle is already off to a good start, as Glendale's numbers have shot up to about 44 after there were about 30 players on varsity last year.

That, along with the changes Tuttle has brought in with new schemes on offense and defense, have the Nitros feeling confident.

That's the goal of Glendale starting left tackle and defensive tackle Patrick Novshadian and many other Nitros.

"I think [finishing] 6-4 would be great, a winning season," Novshadian said of this year's goal.

Glendale will look to a new run-heavy offense and a base 4-4 defense for success this season.

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