Hard homecoming for Hoover's Andrew PolickyTornadoes coach takes tough loss against alma mater on the road.

October 09, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk,
  • Hoover High football Coach Andrew Policky and Arcadia High graduate was disappointed his team fell to the Apaches, 49-6, last week.
Hoover High football Coach Andrew Policky and Arcadia… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE —- The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 70th year, meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the fifth meeting of the year.



It was with great anticipation that Andrew Policky approached Friday's Pacific League game at Arcadia, as the second-year Hoover coach graduated from Arcadia, where he was formerly a player and assistant coach.

"It was their homecoming and my alma mater, so I guess it was kind of my homecoming, too," said Policky, who was also taking on former colleague and Apaches Coach Chris Long, whom Policky replaced at Hoover when Long went back to Arcadia last season. "You always want to go back where you played and put on a good show."

Unfortunately for Policky and the Tornadoes, it turned out to be a night neither will care to remember, as Hoover suffered its worst defeat of the season, 49-6.


"We kind of laid an egg there," Policky said.



St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds was quick to point out that although his team allowed a season-high 42 points in losing to Cathedral, 42-40, in a Mission League game on Friday night the Golden Knights' defense shouldn't bear the blame alone.

"Our defense didn't play that poorly, our offense was probably just as guilty for a lot of those points [because] we turned the ball over four times," said Bonds, whose team lost three fumbles, including one in the end zone for a safety. "We were up, 28-14, in the third quarter and had some momentum going."



Los Angeles Times prep sports columnist Eric Sondheimer has covered high school football in Southern California inside and out over a career that has ranged across five decades.

The landscape of the sport has certainly gone through changes since Sondheimer first hit the beat as a Daily News staff writer in 1976 and the veteran newspaper scribe related some of his thoughts on just how much the game, as well as how it's covered by the media, has changed.

Citing the almost nightly appearances he now makes on various local television programs devoted to high school football, Sondheimer marveled at how the popularity of the sport has exploded over recent years with the increased depth and breadth of coverage afforded by online and new media.

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