Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club: Gridlock to take over Foothill Boulevard

Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club: Gridlock to take over Foothill Boulevard
St. Francis football coach Jim Bonds and the Golden Knights will take on La Serna at home Friday. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 75th year, meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the second meeting of the year.



Expect there to be plenty of traffic around Foothill Blvd. and Oak Grove Dr. in La Cañada on Friday night.

St. Francis (2-0) will be at home to take on La Serna (2-1) and Crescenta Valley (2-0) will be next door to meet La Cañada (0-3). Both nonleague games begin at 7.


Spectators looking to attend one or possibly both games might want to leave early since the two fields are separated by a couple hundred feet.

"You might want to leave now to get a parking space," Crescenta Valley coach Paul Schilling said. "It's hard to find parking around there, but it should be a great night of football for the community.

"Maybe you can buy half a ticket for each game and just go from one to the other."

St. Francis coach Jim Bonds said St. Francis and La Cañada couldn't come to an agreement to play the games on different nights. The teams had four scheduling conflicts and an agreement to avoid such situations. St. Francis moved its season opener against Mira Costa to a Thursday and will do the same in an Angelus League game against Harvard-Westlake. La Cañada moved its game against Blair, which will no longer take place and is now a matchup with Crean Lutheran. But Friday's games stayed put.

"We have four conflicts with scheduling games that are played the same week at the schools," Bonds said. "Nobody likes to play games on Thursdays or even Saturdays and [St. Francis] will wind up playing two games on Thursdays.

"La Cañada wanted to play CV on a Friday and we wanted to play La Serna on a Friday. So, there's going to be a little bit of traffic. We'll see what it's like."


It's been a while since Glendale and Hoover played a game. The Nitros and Tornadoes had byes last week and will wrap up the nonleague portion of their schedules Friday.

Glendale (1-1) will head north to Acton to face Vasquez (1-2) at 7 p.m. and Hoover (1-1) will face Glenn (2-1) at 7 at Moyse Field.

"We've had a chance to clean up a lot of things from false starts to the holding penalities we've had the first couple of games," Glendale coach George Maiale said. "We're going up against a Vasquez team that's not afraid to hit, so they'll be very physical.

"We'll be playing a game in a small-town atmosphere. You never know ... maybe the referee might be the sheriff."

Hoover last played Aug. 25 against Campbell Hall before picking up a forfeit victory versus Sotomayor on Sept. 1.

"We've had two weeks to prepare and we're looking at that to help us physically," Hoover coach Terrance Jones said. "We have some guys who are looking to bounce back and we're doing everything possible to be in position to dominate Glenn."


Two games into the season and injuries have begun to mount for Glendale Community College.

Glendale dropped to 0-2 following a 49-7 nonconference loss against Chula Vista Southwestern College on Saturday at Sartoris Field.

"We seemed to get thinner during the game," Glendale coach John Rome said. "We've lost a lot of guys during these first two games.

"It seemed like we had about 10 guys hurt during the last game and there was a line to the trainer's table on the sideline. It's tough, but hopefully we'll get some of them back for our next game."

Glendale will travel to take on Mount San Jacinto (1-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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