The season didn’t end as the coaches and players wanted it to for the Glendale and Crescenta Valley high school football teams. The Nitros suffered a 49-18 loss at San Marino and the Falcons struggled to find their rhythm offensively in a 27-13 loss at Arcadia. However, the feeling from coaches wasn’t one of disappointment but rather of appreciation and gratitude. “Overall, just getting out there for us was enough, especially for those seniors who sacrificed so much,” said CVHS head coach Hudson Gossard. “We’re so happy we could get out and do this for them.” Crescenta Valley finished the abbreviated season 1-3 with its lone victory against Burbank. All things considered, it’s a campaign Gossard will take.
Despite not having won a game in the shortened season, first-year Glendale High School head football coach Jacob Ochoa had his team practice something it had not done all year prior to last Friday’s game with Gabrielino of San Gabriel. “We actually practiced the victory formation before the game for the first time,” Ochoa said. It certainly came in handy for the Nitros, who used the formation to run out the clock to and collect a 33-27 victory over the visiting Eagles at Moyse Field. “It was an exciting game,” Ochoa said. “It took a miracle to beat them. Gabrielino played us tough and we knew they would. I have a lot of respect for our seniors fighting back to the very end.”
In its first football game in nearly 18 months, the Glendale High School varsity football team showed great promise but also showed its youth. The Nitros struggled to contain La Cañada’s mobile quarterback and dropped its home opener, 40-19, on April 2. “We weren’t as prepared as we wanted to be, but I’m glad they got the opportunity to play,” said first-year head coach Jacob Ochoa, who knew it would be difficult to defend transfer quarterback Ivan Ostry, who led the Spartans with 264 rushing yards and four touchdowns. “It was really good, especially for our young players.” Despite not having touched a football until last month, Juan Estrada had a good showing behind center. The senior quarterback completed 15 of 28 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 112 yards on 21 carries. Estrada connected with junior Dino Villalobos for a one-yard touchdown, the Nitros’ first since Oct. 3, 2020. “It felt great,” Estrada said. “It’s been a long time.”