Arcadia Wins with Ease
There was nothing fancy on display when visiting Arcadia High met Glendale in a Pacific League football opener.
For sure, the Apaches are more talented and polished than the Nitros, played with extreme purpose, and the final verdict was a 34-16 drubbing last Thursday night.
The Apaches compiled 451 total yards, as quarterback Myles Carr threw three first-half touchdowns, en route to 240 yards.
Sure and steady, Carr nailed 10 of 13 passes in the first half for 184 yards, while completing five of eight in the second half for 56 yards.
Glendale quarterback Moises Chavez was likewise sharp, hitting 23 of 36 for 270 yards, with one scoring toss and a second-half interception.
Gritty, Chavez unloaded a 27-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Dillon Fuller in the first half. Fuller hauled in 10 catches in the opening half for 100 yards, and added four in the second half for 75 yards. Fuller’s reception made it 14-10 with 4:11 left before the intermission.
“We talked better,’’ said Glendale Head Coach Alan Eberhart. “We’re getting there.”
It seemed the Apaches (1-2-1 and 1-0 in league) weren’t going to be denied, even though Glendale (1-3 and 0-1 in league) moved the ball 71 yards, but settled for Richard Anaya’s 26-yard field goal that gave the Nitros a 3-0 lead with 9:02 left in the quarter.
Eberhart was effusive in his praise of Chavez. “He grew up tonight as a quarterback,’’ he said. “He showed how tough he can be.”
Arcadia took a 7-3 lead when Carr marched his club on a 12-play drive that culminated in a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Taylor Legace (117 yards and eight grabs) with 2:42 remaining in the first quarter.
Two possessions later, the Apaches made it 14-3 when running back Everett Frazier (87 yards on 16 carries) scored on a five-yard gallop and 7:24 left before the half.
The Apaches scored on their next two possessions. The first was a two-play strike that saw Carr hit fullback Lester Cheung with a short pass, but after several missed tackles, the result was a 79-yard score that made it 21-10, and just over three minutes remaining in the second quarter.
The second was Carr’s 22-yard toss to Legace with 43 seconds left on the clock, and dropped Glendale (346 yards) into an 18-point hole.
“We did the things that we needed to do,’’ said Arcadia Head Coach Jon Dimalante. “But Glendale’s well coached and they’re only going to get better.”
Arcadia punted three times to begin the second half, while Glendale running back Anthony Platero fumbled after an 11-yard run.
The miscue didn’t result in any points being scored by the Apaches, and Glendale made it 28-16 when Chavez orchestrated a 66-yard, 10-play drive that saw Platero score from one-yard out and 9:42 left in the final quarter.
Arcadia running back Rodney Arnett’s 50-yard burst capped off a three-play drive with 3:46 left, and made it 34-16.