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Nitros, Tornadoes in line to ring Victory Bell

Hoover High and Glendale ready to resume cross-town rivalry game Friday at Moyse Field.

October 30, 2012|By Charles Rich
  • Occidental College Coach Bill Redell spoke at Tuesdays Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club meeting.
Occidental College Coach Bill Redell spoke at Tuesdays… (Raul Roa, Glendale…)

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 eighth meeting of the year.

PRIDE ON THE LINE FOR RIVALS

Although the Hoover High and Glendale football teams have been eliminated from playoff contention, Hoover Coach Andrew Policky and Glendale Coach John Tuttle won't likely have a problem getting their respective teams motivated. The squads will meet in the rivalry game at 7 p.m. Friday at Moyse Field.

The teams first met in 1930 and Glendale is 49-33-2 in the all-time series (47-33-2 for the bell). Glendale posted a 55-49 Pacific League victory in last season's "Victory Bell" game. The teams combined for the most points scored in a game in the series history.

Hoover is 3-6, 1-5 in league, while Glendale is 2-7, 1-5.

Records don't matter to Policky.

"It's just a huge rivalry with a lot at stake," said Policky, whose will look to guide the Tornadoes to their first victory against the Nitros since 2009. "It's one of the oldest in the state.

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"We don't need to say a whole lot to the kids about getting ready. It will be a fun game to play in. We just have to be able to go out there and execute our plan."

For Tuttle, it will be his first time being a part of the rivalry as a head coach.

"It should be fun," Tuttle said. "We know that Hoover has done a great job of running their offense.

"For us, we are going to have to do a better job of executing when we get into the red zone."

KNIGHTS CONTINUE TO REMAIN POSITIVE

Times have been tough for the members of the St. Francis High football team. The Golden Knights will miss the postseason for only the second time since Coach Jim Bonds took over the program from Bill Redell in 2000.

St. Francis has lost five games in a row, including its first four in the ultra-competitive Mission League.

While it might appear odd that the Golden Knights won't be a part of the playoff picture, Bonds said his players haven't quit going into their final game against visiting St. Paul at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

"The players are continuing to listen and trying to get better," said Bonds, whose team is 3-6, 0-4 in league. "We just finished up the gauntlet of the Mission League against Cathedral, Harvard-Westlake, [Gardena] Serra and Chaminade.

"We are trying to finish up strong."

FORMER KNIGHTS COACH RETURNS

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