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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL EXTRA : RIVALRY WEEK.

Byline: Gerry Gittelson, Staff Writer

High school football's regular season ends this weekend and, for some, the playoffs loom. A handful of players might go on to play in college.

For a vast majority, Friday is their last game. And the memories of the finale will persist, especially for those playing in one of the area's many rivalry games, traditionally saved for the last week of the season.

Here's a look at some of the biggest annual matchups, and what's at stake - a playoff berth in some cases but merely pride in most.

The granddaddy of them all

HOOVER AT GLENDALE

At 70 games and counting, it is one of the oldest continuous rivalries in the state, having outlasted the Great Depression, the Cold War, 11 presidents and some slow-growing sod.

``We couldn't wait for the first Glendale-Hoover game,'' said Burnell Yarick, 86, who played for Hoover in that 1930 matchup at Occidental College, ``because it was a chance to play on grass.''

Yarick and his teammates played on dirt in the early days of the football program at Hoover's Glenwood Road campus in Glendale, and he has vivid memories of sand sliding down his pants.

Yarick, whose block sprung Howard Bentley for the winning touchdown in the final second of that inaugural 12-6 Hoover victory, is one of many with lasting memories of a rivalry Glendale leads 40-28-2 entering Friday's double-homecoming matchup at Glendale High.

Roy Vujovich coached at both schools in parts of three decades, starting in 1952. He remains haunted by his 45-year-old decision to punt on third down with his Glendale team leading 7-6 late in the fourth quarter of the 1954 game.

``I figured we'd put them deep in their territory and let them chew on that,'' he said. ``They get a big punt return to midfield and darned if Hangartner doesn't get them a touchdown in four plays.''

That would be Southern Section Player of the Year John Hangartner, who quarterbacked the Tornadoes to their only section-final appearance after sparking the comeback against Glendale.

But Hoover fans have other reasons to remember that 1954 Glendale-Hoover game - it was the last time the Tornadoes won a league football title.

Earlier in the series, Glendale-Hoover almost always had something to do with a league championship, memorably in 1937, when a combined crowd of 30,000 watched the teams play twice in the Rose Bowl to determine the Foothill League's champion and only Southern Section playoff representative.

After a 6-6 tie the first time, Glendale prevailed 12-6, getting 80 yards in two plays from eventual Stanford and 49ers star Frankie Albert on the game-winning drive. The Dynamiters used that win over the previously undefeated Tornadoes as a springboard to the section title.

The teams played before a series-record crowd of 25,000 at the Rose Bowl in 1947, when Warren Hart-led Hoover won 14-6 during a 7-2 series run by the Tornadoes.

One of the most memorable Rose Bowl games came in 1960. Eventual U.S. prep-record sprinter Forrest Beaty (20.2 for 220 yards) scored on a 78-yard punt return and 18-yard run, then preserved a 14-7 Hoover victory with an interception in the final minute. Beaty suffered broken ribs on that play as the Tornadoes finally put a dent in a 7-1 series surge by the Vujovich-coached Dynamiters.

``He was really a good football player,'' Vujovich said. ``You could take Beaty and 10 other guys and have a pretty decent team.''

Hoover running back Bill Irace remembers walking into the Rose Bowl before the 1964 Glendale-Hoover game, touching a wall inscribed with names of previous players and thinking, ``I've arrived.''

It turned out the Glendale-Hoover series was exiting that year, leaving the Rose Bowl after playing there during the rivalry's first four decades.

The game has been played at Glendale High the past 34 years. Both teams have struggled since Glendale won two straight Pacific League titles in 1990-91. But Glendale-Hoover remains the biggest game of the season for both schools, now because it represents the best matchup for either team.

``It's still a big game,'' said Glendale coach Pete Smolin, whose 2-7 Dynamiters face coach Mark Bitetti's 1-8 Tornadoes this week. ``It's our Super Bowl.''

ROYAL vs. SIMI VALLEY

at Moorpark College

When Royal and Simi Valley get together, Royal coach Gene Uebelhardt swears it doesn't matter that the teams have won a combined three games this season.

``There aren't any games bigger than this one,'' said Uebelhardt, who expects close to 10,000 fans.

Uebelhardt said the neighborhood rivalry is real because the district disallows open enrollment.

``All the players live in Simi Valley, none from outside places,'' Uebelhardt said. ``They've all known each other since they were little, so by the time they're seniors, it's pretty significant.

``It doesn't matter if the game is for first or for worst. They're still gonna be 10,000 people in the stands. It's crazy. It's always the same measure for our season: `Did you beat Simi?' ''

Simi Valley had beat Royal five times in a row and was leading the series 19-9-1 until Royal rebounded 43-29 last year.

The series highlight was in 1991, when Rommel Butler's three interceptions sparked a 28-7 victory - and gave 23-year-old Royal its first Marmonte League championship - before 8,500 at Moorpark College.

``The good guys won that night,'' Uebelhardt said.

CALABASAS vs. ST. BONAVENTURE

Ventura High

Perhaps the best small-schools rivalry, the schools have taken turns knocking each other out of the playoffs in recent years, besides trading blows in the regular-season series.

``It's a great rivalry,'' St. Bonaventure coach Jon Mack said.

Mack pointed out that five of his assistants - Tim Gutierrez, Quin Knight, Dan Lyon, Mike Chase and Nathan Page - all played in the series when they attended St. Bonaventure.

``That makes it sweet,'' Mack said.

The biggest victory of the series belongs to Calabasas. In 1997, the Coyotes knocked the top-ranked Seraphs out of the Division X playoffs with a 30-14 triumph at Ventura High. Just two weeks earlier, St. Bonaventure had spanked Calabasas 34-3. But in the rematch, Calabasas, which had lost four of five regular-season games entering the playoffs, used an early 59-yard field goal by David Rosenberg as a spark.

St. Bonaventure rebounded with 34-0 victory last season, its fifth victory in the last six contests.

CRESPI at NOTRE DAME

Notre Dame has owned Crespi the last five years in the San Fernando Valley's biggest parochial-school rivalry. In fact, Notre Dame's 28-25 victory in 1996 was the only time since 1993 that Notre Dame's winning margin hasn't been by at least 10 points.

Last year, Notre Dame's 24-10 victory was quarterback Jon Brewster's coming-out party. His team down 10-3, he relieved ineffective Seth Oseransky late in the third quarter to spark a comeback.

Before Crespi's recent surge, the rivalry went back and forth, and both schools usually were among the best in the Valley.

The rivalry has featured the best regional running back in the 1990s - Notre Dame's Justin Fargas - and best of the 1980s, Crespi's Russell White. Fargas is at Michigan; White went to Cal before a brief NFL career.

In 1992, Bach Stable's 30-yard field goal with two minutes remaining gave Crespi a 17-14 victory before a near-capacity crowd at Pierce College.

PASADENA vs. MUIR

at the Rose Bowl

Lately, Muir has been the team giving the stuffing in the annual ``turkey tussle.'' The teams tied 20-20 last year, but the Mustangs had won 13 of 14 before that and they lead the series 27-17-2.

The winner takes possession of the ``victory bell,'' an old engineer's railroad bell that has been circulated between the schools since the 1950s.

``This is probably the only game that exists for us,'' said Pasadena athletic director Gary Griffiths, who has been at the school for 30 years, 10 as a head football coach. ``It's been at the Rose Bowl forever because so many people support it every year.''

As many as 23,000 fans have attended in years past, and 13-14,000 are expected on Friday.

Griffiths recalled the time he and and his wife ran into a group of NFL football players at a local restaurant, including ex-Pasadena players Michael Dennis (New York Giants), Jimmy Wilks (New Orleans Saints) and Kim Anderson (Baltimore Colts) and Muir's Danny Pittman (New York Jets).

``I whispered to my life, `This is going to be great. We're going to hear a bunch of stories about the NFL,' '' Griffiths said. ``But all they talked about was the turkey tussle

BURBANK at BURROUGHS

tonight, 7:30 p.m.

Coach Keith Knoop took over at Burroughs six years ago, and the team responded by starting a six-game winning streak in this Foothill League rivalry. The teams are both in down seasons this year, but a Burroughs victory - coupled with a Quartz Hill loss in the Golden League finale - probably will guarantee Burroughs a Division III playoff berth.

As for the emotions factor, the standings have no significance.

``Typically, this game is like two 10-0 teams fighting for a playoff spot,'' said Knoop, who played for Burroughs in 1979 and 1980 - and twice lost to Burbank.

Knoop, whose Indians have lost two close games in a row and have been plagued by penalties most of the season, said he really wants his team to execute well in the finale. An outside goal is run the first play of the game without a penalty, something that happened for the first time last week.

Knoop's assistants, Jason Bess, Dylan Washausen and Ken Knoop, all played in the series.

SAN FERNANDO at SYLMAR

These neighborhood schools don't play each other every year because until now they've always been in different leagues. But the first Valley Mission League championship is on the line this time around, and there is so much demand that all the tickets are being distributed before Friday.

No walkup tickets will be sold, according to both coaches.

Sylmar beat San Fernando 31-7 in the 1991 City 4-A quarterfinal before 8,488.

Alliances were so divided that Sylmar coach Jeff Engilman said some of the parents were separated by their alma maters, with one parent on Sylmar's side and the other on San Fernando's.

This year, brothers Rich Delgaudio of Sylmar and Sal Delgaudio of San Fernando - who live together in the same room - go head to head. Both teams have guaranteed City Championship playoff berths for themselves, but a victory is crucial for San Fernando; if the Tigers win, they remain undefeated and probably will earn the No. 1 seed.

GRANT at POLY

This is the one neighborhood rivalry that can be described as ``bitter.''

``There's no love lost between the two schools, that's for sure,'' Poly coach Lee Jackson said.

The series has been evenly matched in the '90s, with the teams 3-3-1 since 1992.

Last year's 20-20 tie was a fiasco. No overtime was played because the officials made the mistake of misreading a daylight-savings chart; after huddling for 15 minutes, they ended the game without an overtime - even though there was plenty of sunshine. One year earlier, Grant had blown the whistle on Poly for using an ineligible player - a Grant transfer who had used two different first names - and Poly was hungry for revenge.

``We're not gonna back into that this year - that was two years ago - but it sure will feel nice to beat them,'' Jackson said this week. ``(The past) is not a factor. I think to dwell on it would distract from the game. We're just focusing on winning, because if we do, we're in second place.''

ALEMANY at BISHOP AMAT

Considering Alemany is 0-11 in the series, it's difficult to attach much emotion here. However, this time around the last wildcard spot in the Div. I playoffs probably is at stake.

``Eleven in a row, eh? This sounds like the perfect time to beat them,'' Alemany coach Jim Bonds said.

HART vs. CANYON

at College of the Canyons

It's in. Hart has won at least a share of its ninth consecutive Foothill League championship and 10th in the last 11 years. Even if it loses to Canyon on Thursday and Valencia beats Saugus, the Indians would earn a share of the title and would maintain the No. 1 seed out of the league for the playoffs.

On the line against the Cowboys are Hart's 42-game league winning streak and a 10-0 regular-season record. The Indians had 10-0 campaigns in 1994 and 1992.

How has coach Mike Herrington been able to keep churning out the wins?

``All five of (our coaches) have been together for the last 11 years and we've been blessed with good talent,'' he said. ``Other people who are critical of our program say they only continue to win because they try to recruit players or always get good transfers. We've had some good transfers, but the majority of our all-leaguers and all-Section players are home-grown kids who went to elementary school in our area.''

Incidentally, the last time Hart lost a league game it was at the hands of Saugus. Back then, the Centurions were coached by Jack Bowman, the current coach at Canyon.

PLAY OF THE DAY

School is in Session, as in a chalkboard session with Eagle Rock's Torwin Session. Here's his favorite play:

THE ENGIL

We award Engils each week to the players we feel live up to the legendary standards of Sylmar coach Jeff Engilman, our favorite tough guy.

GREIG CARLSON Taft WR

So impressive was Carlson's performance against Chatsworth - eight catches for a school-record 293 yards and three TDs, including a 96-yarder - that the former record holder, Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, personally called the school to praise Carlson; Fisher is sending a letter of congratulations and an autographed picture.

Four Engils

WES ANDERSON Vasquez RB

He scored nine touchdowns and rushed 208 yards against Frazier Mountain, but we're docking Anderson one Engil because there were 14 carries when he didn't score.

Three Engils

PERRY CLAYTON GrantI RB

In a classic example of one-upsmanship, when Hollywood returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, Clayton answered with his own 88-yard kick return for touchdown. At that point, some of us began to wonder if the whole game might go like this. Clayton finished with 114 yards rushing, three TDs, and Grant won 48-7, its first non-forfeit victory of the season.

Two Engils

Quick Slants

DAILY NEWS TOP 10

1. WESTLAKE

8-1

Outscoring league foes by avg. of 39 points.

2. HART

9-0

Hasn't been held under 41 points in Foothill play.

3. NOTRE DAME

8-1

Win over St. Francis was year's best performance.

4. CRESCENTA VALLEY

8-1

Steve Carballo can do it all.

5. ALEMANY

6-3

It has never beaten Bishop Amat - now it must.

6. ST. FRANCIS

8-1

Needs to pick up the pieces after first loss.

7. VALENCIA

7-2

White needs 62 yards to move in 2nd place all-time.

8. SAN FERNANDO

9-0

Friday's game vs. Sylmar already is sold out.

9. SYLMAR

6-3

Has shown a knack for dramatic victories.

10. KENNEDY

6-3

Heading teams off at the pass.

AND THE REST

11. Saugus (7-2)

12. Granada Hills (7-2)

13. Littlerock (6-3)

14. Taft (5-4)

15. Eagle Rock (8-1)

16. Muir (7-2)

17. Cleveland (5-4)

18. Highland (6-3)

19. Thousand Oaks (6-3)

20. Reseda (7-2)

21. Chaminade (6-3)

22. Newbury Park (5-4)

23. Harvard-Westlake (5-4)

24. Moorpark (3-6)

25. Antelope Valley (4-5)

26. Monroe (5-4)

27. El Camino Real (4-5)

28. Chatsworth (2-7)

29. North Hollywood (5-4)

30. Camarillo (4-4-1)

31. Poly (6-3)

32. Quartz Hill (3-6)

33. Lancaster (3-6)

34. Canyon (3-6)

35. Royal (3-6)

36. La Canada (4-5)

37. Canoga Park (5-4)

38. Palmdale (1-8)

39. Rio Mesa (2-7)

40. Agoura (2-6-1)

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. Paraclete (6-3)

2. Montclair Prep (7-2)

3. Kilpatrick (6-3)

4. Oak Park (6-3)

5. Desert (7-2)

6. Vasquez (3-5)

7. L.A. Baptist (5-4)

8. Calabasas (3-6)

9. Malibu (4-5)

10. Campbell (3-5)

RECRUITING UPDATE

JAMES BETHEA

Cleveland RB

Bethea, who has 1,498 yards (9.3 avg.) and 26 touchdowns, has been offered scholarships by Cal and San Jose State. He officially visits Cal this weekend and he's also receiving a lot of recruiting mail from Texas A&M and New Mexico.

College shopping list?

Add three more juniors to the list of top prospects for next season: Cleveland RB/WR Matthew Clark, Saugus LB Jared DePaiva and St. Francis WR Brett Mitchell. Clark's averaging 45 yards on kick returns, DePaiva is the team's leading tackler and Mitchell has 31 catches - for an average of 22.9 yards - and nine TDs.

CAPTION(S):

5 photos

PHOTO (1) Former Hoover player Burnell Yarick and former Glendale coach Roy Vujovich pose with the Victory Bell, which goes to the winner of the annual Glendale-Hoover game, being played for the 71st time on Friday.

Gus Ruelas/Staff Photographer

(2) Mark Bitetti

(3) Pete Smolin

(4) Torwin Session

(5) James Bethea
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