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Glendale, Hoover High football renew Victory Bell rivalry

Football: Nitros, Tornadoes play in annual season-ending big game, while St. Francis tackles Chaminade.

November 06, 2013|By Charles Rich,
  • Hoover's Kenneth Traquena is hoping to find holes in the Glendale defense as the cross-town rivals square off Friday at Moyse Field at 7 p.m. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Hoover's Kenneth Traquena is hoping to find holes…

Though both teams will be absent from the postseason, the members of the Hoover High and Glendale football teams will treat their cross-town rivalry game as a playoff contest.

With a large bipartisan contingent expected to flock to Moyse Field, the Tornadoes and Nitros will hit the sponged turf in the “Battle for the Victory Bell” at 7 p.m. Friday. The Nitros have won three meetings in a row against the Tornadoes, including a 44-13 Pacific League win last season, and own a 49-33-2 lead in the all-time series that began in 1930.

Glendale got a late field goal from Martin Marin to record a 23-20 win against Pasadena on Friday to improve to 3-6, 1-5. Hoover fell to Burbank, 49-0, on Oct. 31 and suffered its seven straight defeat to drop to 2-7, 0-6.

Hoover Coach Matt Andersen, who will take part in his first installment of the rivalry, said to toss aside the records for both teams.


“We are 2-7 right now and we had higher expectations,” Andersen said. “We understand the importance of taking part in a rivalry game because it’s always going to be a special game.

“If we win this, then we’ve had a successful season and we end up on a high note.”

Glendale second-year Coach John Tuttle said he’s curious to see if the Nitros can ride their wave of momentum following the Pasadena contest.

“We were able to pull it out against Pasadena and it will definitely be exciting to see how our players respond,” Tuttle said. “It will be exciting to see the stands full and having alumni on the sidelines.

“We need to be able to control the line of scrimmage and tackle well. If we can do those things, then we have a good chance. We have to make sure our players are focused the whole time.”

While the Tornadoes have been blanked in two of their last three contests, they still have an athlete in Andres Perez who will figure to draw plenty of attention from Glendale’s defense. Perez has caught 22 passes for 370 yards and a team-high four touchdowns in nine games.

“Perez is a good player and he knows how to make things happen,” Tuttle said.

Glendale, which has won 10 of the previous 13 head-to-head meetings against Hoover, will be likely be led by Marin and running back Daniel Jung. Marin caught four passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns against Pasadena. Jung rushed for 193 yards in 29 carries and scored one touchdown to help the Nitros snap a five-game losing streak.

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