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Glendale football won't stray from Moyse Field in 2013

Football: Nitros will play seven games of upcoming season at Moyse Field, including first four.

June 27, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Glendale quarterback Kevin Felix throws a pass during spring practice on Monday, May 20, 2013.
Glendale quarterback Kevin Felix throws a pass during… (Roger Wilson / Staff…)

For the first month of the season, the Glendale High football team won't need to board a bus.

The Nitros will spend all of September at Moyse Field, looking to enjoy homefield advantage. It's something Glendale second-year Coach John Tuttle would like to see.

"It's nice to be able to start off at home," said Tuttle, whose team went 3-7, 2-5 in the Pacific League last season. "To play the first four games of the season at home is something I don't think I've ever seen before in my years of coaching.

"It's going to be important for us to come out strong and play consistent."

The Nitros will play virtually the same schedule they had last season. The lone exception will be during the first week of the season when the Nitros open up at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 against San Gabriel in a nonleague contest. The Nitros started off last season with a nonleague game against host La Salle.

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Tuttle said San Gabriel should serve as a quality opening-week matchup.

"San Gabriel [finished runner-up in the CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley League in 2011 and] always has some tough guys to go up against," Tuttle said. "It's a game where we will find out about ourselves early on."

Glendale will then play two nonleague games against teams from the Rio Hondo League, as it will first meet La Cañada at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 before facing South Pasadena at 7 p.m. Sept. 20.

The Nitros posted a 21-3 win on the road last season against the Spartans before suffering a 39-7 defeat against the Tigers.

"La Cañada likes to play a physical game," Tuttle said. "It's the kind of game that can help prepare you for league.

"South Pasadena is also pretty good physically up front. They've given us some tough battles."

The Nitros will then begin the Pacific League portion of their schedule at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 against Burroughs.

Burroughs has won league championships in two of the last three years. The Indians notched a 24-7 win against Glendale last season.

"It will be a nice test for us coming out against a team like Burroughs that has consistently finished in the top half of league," Tuttle said.

The Nitros will hit the road for the first time with a league game at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 against Muir. The Mustangs posted a 37-0 win against the Nitros last season on the road en route to winning the league title.

Tuttle said the Nitros will face a stern test against the Mustangs.

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