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Victory Bell becomes center of attention

Glendale High, Hoover set to meet in latest installment of cross-town rivalry contest Friday at Moyse Field.

November 05, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • The winner of Friday's cross-town rivalry game between Glendale and Hoover gets to take home the victory bell. (File Photo)
The winner of Friday's cross-town rivalry game…

GLENDALE — The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 71st year, meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the ninth meeting of the year.

SPECIAL MEANING FOR VICTORY BELL

It’s a cross-town rivalry that began in 1930 and has featured plenty of athletes who would go on to enjoy successful collegiate and professional careers. The setting of a packed Moyse Field and alumni from Glendale High and Hoover returning to their respective sidelines brings back a sense of nostalgia.

While the current cast of players from Glendale and Hoover will not be a part of the postseason, the Nitros and Tornadoes plan to take the game to heart in the next installment of the “Battle for the Victory Bell” at 7 p.m. Friday. Glendale is 3-6, 1-5 in the Pacific League and Hoover is 2-7, 0-6.

For Hoover Coach Matt Andersen, he will be a part of the rivalry for the first time.

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“I’m excited about the rivalry and so are our players,” Andersen said. “It means a lot to both teams.

“We are starting to get some players back from injuries. It will be important for us to finish up at 3-7 and move into next season.”

Glendale Coach John Tuttle initially experienced the rivalry first-hand last season, when the Nitros picked up a 44-13 win.

Another victory against the Tornadoes would leave Tuttle satisfied.

“It’s not hard to get up for,” Tuttle said. “It would be great to go out with a win.”

The Nitros have won the past three meetings and own a 49-33-2 mark in the all-time series, one of the oldest in the state.

KNIGHTS SET FOR STERN TEST

Things looked particularly good for St. Francis during its Mission League road game against powerful Gardena Serra on Friday. St. Francis built a 21-7 halftime lead before seeing Serra, ranked No. 1 in the latest CIF Southern Section Western Division poll and the defending state champion, rally for a 35-21 win.

St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds called it a lesson learned and will look for the Golden Knights to regroup in what figures to be another tough league matchup against host Chaminade at 7 p.m. Friday. The Golden Knights are 8-1, 3-1 and ranked third in the division. The Eagles are 8-1, 3-1 and second in the division.

Second place is up for grabs when the teams meet.

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