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Unpleasant reunion with former coach Andrew Policky for Hoover football

Football: Policky and Arcadia roll to 53-21 Pacific League win against host Tornadoes.

October 04, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

For the first time since accepting the head coaching job with Arcadia High football in May, Andrew Policky returned to Moyse Field on Friday to face the team he coached the previous five years — Hoover.

Evident from the lively cheers aimed toward the Apaches from the Tornadoes’ sideline, the second Pacific League game certainly carried extra meaning for Hoover because of the reunion with Policky.

While the Tornadoes managed to come up with timely plays to stay close in the first half, in the long run, they just couldn't contain Policky's very familiar wing-T offense, and were overworked on defense. With a running-clock in the fourth quarter, Arcadia rolled to a 53-21 win.

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Hoover was held to four three-and-outs and four other drives under six plays. The team was reduced to about 25 players with nine players, including eight starters, out mostly because of injuries.

“We felt it was the most emotional game for us, for our team, our program and the kids,” said first-year Hoover Coach Matt Andersen, who took over for Policky. “We thought it was bigger than the Glendale game. Obviously, we have to go one week at a time and each game is as important as the next one, but this was emotional for the kids playing against Policky.”

Policky was in a somber mood after the game. He didn’t even bring up the return to Hoover to his team before the game.

“It wasn’t something I wanted to be the focus of the game for us,” said Policky, who got two touchdowns each from running backs Joshua Benson (109 yards in 13 carries) and Nico Cantos (80 yards in seven rushes), quarterback Joey Harmon (11 of 17 for 149 yards, one touchdown and interception) and wide receiver Kevin Luong. “Looking back on it now, it’s nice to come back and see some kids I was proud to coach prior to this.”

Hoover’s main standout was senior wide receiver and defensive back Andres Perez. He accounted for all three Tornadoes touchdowns, the first on a 56-yard fumble return and the others on receptions of 80 and 20 yards from quarterback Se Jun Kim.

“I think it was more emotional than a regular game because we have a lot of issues with [Policky],” said Perez, who finished with four receptions for 122 yards and also forced an interception on defense. Kim completed five of 13 passes for 130 yards, two scores and an interception.

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