La Cañada football gets revenge, 2-0 start against Glendale

Football: Glendale can't mount late scoring drive and La Cañada holds on for 27-20 win.

September 13, 2013|By Andrew Shortall,

Down by seven points with 3:40 to play, the Glendale High football team had time for a game-winning drive.

As it had the entire second half, La Cañada's defense had to make a stop. It came in the form of a bone-crushing tackle for no gain from Spartans linebacker Michael Greenberg, who also had a third-quarter interception in the game, on fourth-and-two at La Cañada's own 31.

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“I told my lineman, Guillermo Padilla, to go right because I knew it was coming inside,” Greenberg said. “I saw him get the ball and I just knew exactly what to do. It felt really good, the game was pretty much over.”


The Nitros turned the ball over on downs and gave the Spartans possession with 1:16 to play, allowing them to line up in victory formation and take two knees to run out the clock for the 27-20 win at Moyse Field Friday night.

Greenberg drew high praise from his and the Spartans second-year Coach James Sims.

“The interception was amazing, the hit in the backfield; Greenberg really stepped up,” Sims said, “That’s what I’ve asked of the seniors, I had a meeting with them and I told them we’re going to go as far as they take us and they have to be leaders. Today they showed up.”

Not only did the victory give La Cañada revenge for last year's home loss to Glendale, 21-3, but gave it a 2-0 start for the first time in three years.

“This was a really big game for us because it could have been a turning point, it could’ve went either way,” Greenberg said of the 2-0 start. “Last year, we lost it and the season pretty much went downhill, so it means a lot to win this game.”

Down, 20-13, at halftime, La Cañada came out in the second half and marched 70 yards down the field on 13 plays for a touchdown that took 5:57 off the clock. Robbie Fuelling was the one who scored on a one-yard quarterback keeper, tying the game at 20.

The Spartans kept the drive alive by converting two fourth downs, once from one yard out and another from seven. Fuelling picked it up each time, first on a three-yard keeper and then on a 12-yard strike to tight end Todd Murray.

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