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No plays off for Hoover High football's Andres Perez

Football: Versatile senior wide receiver shoots to bring "Victory Bell" back to Tornadoes with big effort.

November 06, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Hoover High football player Andres Perez is ready for Friday's rivalry game versus archrival Glendale. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Hoover High football player Andres Perez is ready for…

Aside from a few water breaks, Andres Perez doesn’t often head to the sideline during a game.

Perez doesn’t have time since he’s quite busy handling a laundry list of responsibilities that include catching passes, breaking up passes and standing out on special teams for the Hoover High football team.

He’s done his job well and will look for one more complete effort when Hoover meets cross-town rival Glendale in the “Battle for the Victory Bell” at 7 p.m. Friday at Moyse Field.

“It can get tiring playing a lot and at so many positions,” said Perez, a senior. “It just comes down to being out there playing for your team and having some fun.

“You really can’t take plays off and that’s something I try to get across to my teammates. I know when I’m out there that I have to excel at every single spot.”

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There’s no question Hoover will look to Perez for leadership when it tries to knock off Glendale for the first time since 2009. The Tornadoes have lost seven games in a row to drop to 2-7 and 0-6 in the Pacific League. The Nitros are 3-6, 1-5 and own a 49-33-2 advantage against Hoover in a rivalry that began in 1930.

For once, Perez would like to gather his teammates near midfield and ring the bell. For that to happen, Perez said, he’ll need to excel in all three facets of the game.

“You never know what it will come down to,” said Perez, who is a second-year varsity athlete. “We’ve had some tough times of late.

“The good thing is that we have a chance to go out on a winning note. Whenever you try your hardest, things will work out in the end. That’s what we would like to happen Friday.”

Perez said he’s up to the task. He had 55 receiving yards in Hoover’s 49-0 league defeat against visiting Burbank on Oct. 31. That came after he caught four passes for 91 yards and one touchdown in a 56-16 league loss versus Crescenta Valley on Oct. 25.

Perez’ best game came Oct. 4 in a 53-21 league loss against Arcadia. Perez accounted for all three Hoover touchdowns, the first on a 56-yard fumble return and the others on receptions of 80 and 20 yards from quarterback Se Jun Kim. He finished with four receptions for 122 yards and also had an interception.

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