SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 69th year, meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the third meeting of the year.
WARNOCK'S SPIRIT STILL GOING
There's added meaning now when Crescenta Valley High and La Cañada get together for their annual nonleague game other than bragging rights. When the teams meet, they will do so honoring former Crescenta Valley football Coach Gordy Warnock, who died Sept. 22, 2010, at 79.
As of Friday's meeting, when the teams play, the contest will be called the Gordy Warnock Memorial Game. Crescenta Valley posted a 34-14 win Friday at La Cañada.
"We were the away team, so we weren't able to do some of the things we wanted," said Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling, whose team improved to 2-1 and will begin Pacific League play at 7 p.m. Friday against Hoover (0-3) at Glendale High's Moyse Field. "We were able to pass out some bracelets [in honoring him].
"It turned out to be an awesome night. We got up, 21-0, and we played well on defense."
Warnock piloted the Falcons to the CIF Southern Section Division AAA championship in 1973. He coached the Falcons from 1967-76 and 1979-84 before serving as an assistant for many years.
VAQS LOOKING FOR SILVER LINING
While Glendale Community College remains winless through its first four games, Coach John Rome saw some signs of improvement following a 41-17 nonconference home loss against Allan Hancock on Saturday at Sartoris Field.
Ideally, Rome and Co. would like to build off that when the Vaqueros travel to face L.A. Valley College at 6 p.m. Saturday in a Pacific Conference American Division opener for both teams.
"We played very well on defense and we were finally good on offense," Rome said. "We put those things together in the first half and played well."
Unfortunately for the Vaqueros, they committed three third-quarter turnovers that were all cashed in for touchdowns by Hancock (4-0). One of them came when Glendale starting quarterback Kevin Hunter tossed an interception and then made a tackle that shelved him for the remainder of the game when he suffered an injury that Rome said might be a lacerated kidney.
"He does so many things for us, and we are not sure if he will be ready Saturday," Rome said.
GOLDEN KNIGHTS' ROAD GETS TOUGHER
There's plenty to like during the first three weeks of the season for St. Francis. The Golden Knights are 3-0, including a 27-17 intersectional road victory against Venice on Friday. St. Francis is also ranked No. 5 in the latest CIF Southern Section Western Division poll entering Friday's home game against West Ranch at Friedman Field.
The Golden Knights, who are averaging 31 points per game in victories against Arcadia, Crescenta Valley and Venice, have two more nonleague games before beginning Mission League on Oct. 14 against Harvard-Westlake. But with all the positives, the road ahead only becomes more arduous.
"We feel great about ourselves where we are at," said St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds, whose team will play its next three games at home. "Then, you see teams in our league in St. Paul, Chaminade and [Gardena] Serra and they are in front of us."
St. Paul is No. 1 in the division, followed by Chaminade at No. 2 and Serra at No. 4. The Golden Knights will face those three teams on the road in consecutive weeks.