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New coach, similar schedule for Hoover football in 2013

Football: Under Andersen, Tornadoes' only new opponent will be Sotomayor.

August 07, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Hoover High football players ran drills during summer practice at the school's new field. The Tornadoes' schedule doesn't have many changes this year. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Hoover High football players ran drills during summer…

A new era has begun for the Hoover High football team with the addition of coach Matt Andersen.

Andersen, who was named coach May 14 after previously serving as an assistant at alma mater Occidental College, said he’s eager to see what the Tornadoes have learned through summer practice sessions.

The Tornadoes will play nearly an identical schedule to that of 2012, with the exception of one game. Six of Hoover’s games will be played at Glendale High’s Moyse Field, with Hoover being the home team for five contests.

“It’s the schedule that we inherited and you try your best to make the most of it and see different things,” said Andersen, who took over the program from Andrew Policky. “It’s a new year and anything can happen.”

Hoover will be put to the test when it kicks off its season with a zero week nonleague home contest against Blair at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Moyse Field.

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Hoover posted a 46-0 road win against Blair last season.

“With a zero week game, you get to start earlier,” said Andersen, who was a standout running back at Occidental. “You get a good idea right away where you are.”

The Tornadoes, who went 3-7 and 1-6 in the Pacific League for last place last season, will then make a short trek to Los Angeles to face Sotomayor, a first-year City Section program, in an intersection contest at 7 p.m. Sept. 6.

Nonetheless, Andersen said it’s a game in which Hoover can’t afford to take lightly.

“We will still be working on things to help us get better,” Andersen said. “You never know what to expect when facing a first-year team, so we have to be prepared like we are playing anybody else.”

Hoover will close out the nonleague portion of its schedule with a road contest against South Pasadena at 7 p.m. Sept. 13. The Tornadoes notched a 33-28 home win against the Tigers last season.

“It’s another game where we will look to compete and we expect another good game,” Andersen said.

Hoover will then have a bye the following week.

Andersen said the week off will afford him and the Tornadoes an opportunity to make personnel evaluations, while also healing from injuries and getting prepared to navigate their way through league.

Hoover will begin league with a home game at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 against Muir, which won the league championship last season. Muir topped Hoover, 63-0, last season at home.

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