2010 Season - At Glendale

1st game of the 2010 Season

 Phantoms 21 - Nitros 10

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Hayden Rettig - Cathedral High School Phantoms Kristaan Ivory - Cathedral High School Phantoms Eddie Crum - Cathedral High School Phantoms Edgar Barberi - Cathedral High School Phantoms Cathedral High School Phantoms Football - Impact Players of the Game
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Sophomore Hayden Rettig, Senior Kristaan Ivory, Senior Eddie Crum, Senior Edgar Barberi
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Thirty Minutes and Seven Seconds Felt Like an Eternity

The 2010 football season has arrived.

Phantom Nation expects, in fact demands, their teams to always play hard and determined, regardless of the opponent’s size or record, however, this new season caught a few Phantoms trying to hit the snooze button while others were daydreaming of past and future glory.  Can’t exactly pinpoint who said it but it appropriately describes the events last Friday, “Football waits for no man, son, it’s going to hit you square in the face if you’re not prepared for it”. And, it certainly bruised a few Phantom egos and emotions in the form of a determined Glendale Nitro team who was tired of hearing of last year’s 52-13 trouncing at the hands of the 2009 edition of Phantom Football. This year’s 21-10 score in favor of the Phantoms was too close for comfort.

30 minutes and 7 seconds. What does that mean? That’s how long it took for this Phantom Offensive unit to finally put some points on the scoreboard. A collective deep sigh of relief, or perhaps all the boos finally silenced, could be heard in the Cathedral stands when Sophomore QB Hayden Rettig finally connected with Freshman Jeffrey Farrar for a 5 yard TD with 5:53 minutes left in the third quarter. Hayden made his debut amid great frenzy of just being selected as one of the National "Fresh Faces 2013 Top 100 Watch List" from Maxpreps.com. The Nitro Defense was not impressed and harshly welcomed Rettig to LA Football with three interceptions while also forcing him to fumble another before the game ended. Here’s the silver lining, though. Most players would hang their head and let a game like this define their future. Not Hayden. He dusted himself off and still managed to throw for over 230 yards and 2 TDs while distributing the ball to seven different receivers. Not bad for a debut and Rettig also managed to collect his first, of many future, Player of the Game selections.

To say this is a young team, is an understatement. Coach Pearson started 7 Sophomores last Friday and even some Freshmen were able to get some playing time. Something unheard of in the past, however, this year the Phantoms have to rely on raw talent and even more on the experience of the veteran coaching staff led by Offensive Coordinator Chris Flores.

Senior Kristaan Ivory playing for the 4th year in a row in a Varsity uniform managed to get some touches on the air as well as in the ground and the first game jitters even got a hold of him when he fumbled and lost the ball at the beginning of the second quarter on the Nitros’ 1st yard line. That’s when Phantom Nation knew we were all in for a long night. Ivory finished the evening with 11 carries for 78 yards, 1TD on the ground and 6 catches for 59 yards. At the same time, Kristaan collected 7 Solo tackles and 1 assists while anchoring the linebackers.

Junior Eddie Crum was the Defensive Player of the Game and collected his own share of praise while causing havoc in the Nitros backyard. Crum finished the evening with 5 Solo tackles, 2 assists, 1 sack and 2 caused fumbles.

Senior Edgar Barberi also managed to cause disruption in the Nitros offensive schemes and collected 3 Solo tackles wiith another 6 assists.

The younger Phantoms would do well in paying attention to the players named above and learn from their resolve to never give up and to always compete. A win is always welcome but one must never forget that the game is played on the field and not in one’s mind.

Next Friday the Phantoms travel to Pasadena and battle the Bulldogs in another non-conference affair.  Here’s hoping the Phantoms are awake from the start and won’t take their opponent for granted.

Be well and Go Phantoms!
Commentary by: Daniel Bárcenas
   
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PREP FOOTBALL REWIND: Glendale feeling good despite loss By Gerry Gittelson, Special to the Daily News

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Glendale went 1-9 last season, and even though the Nitros opened Friday with a 21-10 loss to Cathedral, second-year coach Alan Eberhart liked what he saw, as Glendale took a three-point lead into the fourth quarter against an opponent that went 11-2 last year while losing only to Oaks Christian and Serra.

Glendale forced five turnovers and put a scare into the Phantoms, as the game was tight throughout until a final touchdown with 28 seconds remaining.

"Our kids played great because Cathedral is a really good team," Eberhart said. "We've really improved, and that was something I was hoping and we could and would do. We didn't win it at the end, but I was thrilled because the kids played like they had nothing to lose and were in the game the whole way against a good team. That's a big step forward."

 
Nitros victory slips away by:
Glendale News Press
Football: Cathedral rallies for 21-10 win over Glendale in season opener.

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Recovering turnovers throughout the evening kept the Glendale High football team in the game during its season opener against Cathedral at Moyse Field on Friday night.

But it was one of the few giveaways the Nitros committed that stood as the decisive play in their 21-10 nonleague loss, one in which they led at halftime and early in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Alex Yoon gave Glendale a burst of hope when he converted on a huge third-down-and-three play at the Nitros' own 46-yard line with a 21-yard run at the 5:05 mark of the fourth quarter and his team trailing, 14-10.

That hope was snuffed out when Yoon fumbled the ball away and the Phantoms recovered it on their own 24-yard line. Glendale would not gain another yard from scrimmage for the rest of the game and the 181 yards it did roll up on the night weren't enough to support an impressive defensive effort.

"If we can keep that ball and go down, we've got a chance late in the fourth quarter," Glendale Coach Alan Eberhart said. "It was 14-10 in the last minute of the game. We wanted to win the game. But we wanted to come out and play hard. We wanted to prove that we could be better."

The Nitros certainly improved on their last meeting with Cathedral, a 52-13 loss to open a disappointing 1-9 2009 season, keeping the Phantoms off the scoreboard until the just inside the 6:00 mark of the third quarter and recovering a total of five turnovers, including a streak of four in the Phantoms' first four possessions.

"I'm happy with the way we played defense," Eberhart said. "They got in their own way. They were a little rusty, they weren't executing and they were dropping the ball. We were frustrating them."

But from the beginning, the failure to capitalize on extra possessions and great field position hurt the Nitros.

Flushed out and backpedaling in the face of pressure, Cathedral quarterback Hayden Rettig dumped an ill-advised toss straight into the arms of oncoming Mark Attarian, who retuned it to the Glendale six-yard line with 4:07 left in the first quarter.

Four rushing attempts later, including two from within the two-yard line, Glendale had given the ball back with no points to show for it.

But under pressure once again two minutes later inside his own 10-yard line, Rettig fumbled into the grasp of Glendale's Tony Ramos, who set the Nitros up at the one.

Glendale came through this time, even after a penalty had backed it up to the six, as Yoon snuck in for a 7-0 lead with eight seconds left in the quarter.

Cathedral then marched the ball nearly 80 yards, only to see Kristaan Ivory lose a fumble on the Nitros one-yard line.

The Phantoms regrouped to score on their first drive of the second half, aided by a fluky play. Glendale's Anthony Platero had jumped a rout perfectly and had another Rettig pass all but picked off, but the ball went off his fingertips, over his head and straight to Cathedral's Domonique Scott for a 39-yard gain that set up the tying score at the 5:53 mark.

"We should intercept the ball or knock it down and instead that gives them a touchdown," Eberhart said. "It's a matter of making plays and kind of learning how to win. We have to find a way to win that game and we just couldn't. We're still trying to find ourselves."

Glendale wasn't done, getting a stop on fourth and six at its own 20 and driving 72 yards, aided by a roughing the kicker penalty, to retake the lead on a 25-yard field goal from Nick Villapando with 9:42 left in the fourth.

A 42-yard run by Cathedral's Zachary Green set up the go-ahead score for the Phantoms at the 7:32 mark.

The play on which Yoon's turnover occurred was doubly costly, as Yoon was knocked out of the game with a twisted ankle on the play and unable to return for the team's final possession, which was set up by an interception of Rettig by Alejandro Maravilla with 2:25 in the game.

"We played hard defensively and gave ourselves a chance," Eberhart said. "It was everything we wanted, we just couldn't finish it."

Cathedral's final score came with 28 seconds left