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Glendale High football looks for unity, growth in 2013

Despite loss of 21 seniors, Nitros intend on improving from last year.

August 31, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Glendale High quarterback Kevin Felix, right, returns for his senior season looking to lead the Nitros in 2013.
Glendale High quarterback Kevin Felix, right, returns… (Photo by Mike Mullen )

GLENDALE — With his second official year of head coaching about to begin this Friday, Glendale High football Coach John Tuttle listed a number of traits as his team prepared for its season opener at Moyse Field versus San Gabriel.

Those qualities included discipline, camaraderie, pride and a desire to work.

“If you look at the good teams within the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys, they have a couple of things in common,” said Tuttle, who prepped at San Marino High and was a member of coach Mike Mooney’s Rio Hondo League champion coaching staff at Temple City High in the mid 2000s.

“Yes, they have talent, but they have other things as well. The Monrovias and St. Francises going all the way up to Alemany, they have players who hustle, work hard and love football. We’ve come a long way in that area since last summer, but we still have a ways to go.”

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Glendale finished 3-7 overall last season and 2-5 in league in Tuttle’s debut, winning as many games in 2012 as in the previous two years combined, while posting the most wins for the program since a 6-4 campaign under Rafik Thorossian in 2008. In addition, the Nitros, who open the season Friday hosting San Gabriel, won the city title — defeating Crescenta Valley and Hoover — for the first time sicne 2003.

“I know everybody wants a number total for how many wins we’re going to have this year. To be honest, I’m not as concerned with wins and losses as much as I am with this team improving,” Tuttle said. “If we prepare better and get better in those areas I mentioned, then we’ll be able to win more games.”

Despite the loss of 21 seniors, including star receiver Michael Davis to Brigham Young University, perhaps Glendale is enjoying the benefits of addition by subtraction.

“There were some good seniors here last year, no doubt, but there a lot of juniors who had problems with some of the seniors,” current Nitros senior offensive lineman Rico Vorobyev said. “Some of the seniors just wanted to do their own thing and didn’t care about the rest of the team.

“The juniors remembered that and we made sure to make the sophomores and freshmen a part of this team because they are.”

With team unity peaking at Glendale, there is also unaniomus agreement as to what unit will lead the way toward success in 2013.

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