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Spartans shut out Nitros in opener

Football: Glendale High manages 124 yards of total offense in 35-0 loss to La Cañada.

September 24, 2009|By Charles Rich and Seth Amitin

La Cañada football punished Glendale on Friday, posting a 35-0 shutout in the team’s first game of the season—at Glendale—for Coach Dan Yoder’s first win as the varsity head coach.

“To have it be that big of a win was some relief on the ticker,” Yoder said.

Most impressively, the Spartans offense was keyed by a surprisingly powerful pass offense and some solid running performances from a running back by committee.

“That wasn’t the game plan,” Yoder said, stating the initial plan was for a run-first offense. “But the protection was there. The second play from scrimmage was a post route 86-yard pass [that was stopped at the five yard line]. We saw that worked and we liked the match ups so we went back to it.”

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La Cañada scored on its first possession on a one-yard run by Don O’Donnell to make it 6-0 with 6:52 left in the first quarter.

The Spartans (1-0) extended the lead to 14-0 when Moore hooked up with Jay Kolina for a 52-yard score with 3:43 remaining in the second quarter.

Matt Faber caught a one-yard pass from Moore with eight seconds left in the second quarter to make it 21-0. A 90-yard pass from Moore to Josh Hanson extended the lead to 28-0 early in the third quarter.

It will take some time for Eberhart and the Nitros to get on the same page, but things certainly didn’t go right for the Nitros in their home debut Friday night.

“We got so much work to do, and it’s the coaches’ job to get [the players] in the right position,” Eberhart said following the loss. “We are getting them there, but then they see something different.

“I’ve got to coach them better.”

Glendale (0-2) mustered just 124 yards of total offense against the Spartans (1-0). On defense, Glendale gave up several long plays that led to or played a role in La Cañada scores. The Nitros had eight possessions with seven ending up with them punting.

The Spartans, who improved to 1-1-1 against Glendale in the last three meetings, saw wide receiver Josh Hanson catch five passes for 116 yards and quarterback Rocky Moore complete 10 of 14 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns.

Moore burned Glendale’s tired defensive unit for three passes of 52 yards or longer.

La Cañada scored on its first possession on a one-yard run by Don O’Donnell to make it 6-0 with 6:52 left in the first quarter.

The Spartans extended the lead to 14-0 when Moore hooked up with Jay Kolina for a 52-yard score with 3:43 remaining in the second quarter.

Matt Faber caught a one-yard pass from Moore with eight seconds left in the second quarter to make it 21-0. A 90-yard pass from Moore to Josh Hanson extended the lead to 28-0 early in the third quarter.


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