The La Cañada High football team ran a simple offense against Glendale on Friday. The Spartans had quick handoffs to their fullbacks, had quarterback rollouts and options, and stuck with a basic offense throughout the night.
And the Nitros couldn't stop it.
The Nitros knew that La Cañada liked to run, but it didn't matter. As Glendale Coach Alan Eberhart put it, the nonleague contest was simply about "tackling," and the Nitros couldn't do enough of it.
La Cañada built a 27-point lead in the first half and gave up 17 straight before holding off the Nitros for a 40-17 home win.
"La Cañada is bigger and stronger than we are," Eberhart said. "We couldn't tackle them. It's simple. It's blocking and tackling. It was a great example of a bunch of kids playing simple offense. It's not a scheme. It's just tackling."
The Nitros' tackling issues were especially evident in the first half.