Nitros continue to cherish win against rival Tornadoes

St. Francis set to meet top-ranked team in playoffs. Gadsby praised for latest accomplishment at quarterback.

November 06, 2012|By Charles Rich

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 ninth meeting of the year.



The memories from many of the plays that took place in the latest chapter of the annual "Battle for the Victory Bell," still burn bright in the minds of Glendale High football Coach John Tuttle and Hoover Coach Andrew Policky. The teams wrapped up their respective seasons Friday with Glendale posting a 44-13 Pacific League victory against crosstown rival Hoover and maintaining possession of the bell for the third straight season.

In beating Crescenta Valley and Hoover this season, Glendale (3-7, 2-5 in league) also won the city championship for the first time since 2003. Hoover finished 3-7, 1-6.


"It was my first experience being involved [with] the bell," said Tuttle, who saw Daniel Jung score three total touchdowns in the game. "The atmosphere was awesome and we were fortunate to come out with a win.

"It's a great way to end the season and great to for our kids to win the city championship."

Policky fell to 0-2 as a head coach in the rivalry game.

Policky said the Tornadoes were forced to play catch-up after committing a pair of early turnovers that led directly to Glendale taking a quick 13-0 lead.

"It wasn't quite as cool or exciting for us," Policky said. "The wheels came off the wagon almost right away.

"We fumble a snap when we were driving well and then we fumbled a kickoff after their first score. I tip my hat to John because he had his team ready to play. He got them fired up and they took it to us. We have to get back on the saddle and get ready for next year and I'm excited about the direction we are going."


After St. Francis closed out the regular season Friday with a 34-14 Mission League home win against St. Paul at Friedman Field, St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds figured the Golden Knights could make a case that they belonged in the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs. St. Francis finished 4-6, 1-4 in league and appeared on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

With one at-large berth still available in the division after league rival Harvard-Westlake grabbed the first one by virtue of going 6-4, 2-3, it came down to St. Francis and Ventura (6-4). St. Francis spent the majority of the season ranked in the division. Ventura took third in the Channel League.

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