Chris Long was Hoover High’s head football coach. For various reasons, Long resigned this spring and is now Arcadia’s defensive coordinator and assistant head man.
This past Friday, Long was treated royally by his former players, even though the Apaches smacked the host Tornadoes 49-7 in a Pacific League match.
Long was pleased to walk off the field a winner, something that didn’t happen often when he patrolled the sideline for Hoover.
“I didn’t know how I was going to react,’’ said Long. “All the memories came back.”
This time Long, named honorary head coach, had the superior talent. “When you have the players they make you look good,’’ he said. “We’re not going to worry about the CIF [playoffs]. We’re going to focus on us, and we’re going to try and get better each week.”
On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Myles Carr (nine of 16 for 155 yards and no interceptions) located Alex McElwee with a short pass and he stretched it into a 72-yard score.
Luke Tabayoyong returned the kickoff 30 yards, but also fumbled at the Hoover 38. Carr hit Taylor Lagace with a 24-yard pass, and two plays later drilled Joey Willm with a five-yard toss to make it 14-0 with just under nine minutes left in the first quarter.
Lagace, who injured his ankle, has verbally committed to the University of Washington, saw no action in the second half when the Apaches (5-2 and 3-1 in league) received an eight-yard run from Rodney Arnett (100 yards on six carries) that made it 42-0 with 7:12 left in the third quarter, and a nine-yard scamper from Brian Ponce that increased the edge to 49-0 late in the third stanza.
“They’re very good up front,’’ said Hoover Head Coach Andrew Policky, a one-time wide receiver at Arcadia whose team collected 123 total net yards, and is 0-7 and 0-4 in league. “There wasn’t a whole lot going on for us. We’re limited in what we can do.”
After allowing two quick scores, Hoover’s defense held Arcadia (425 total yards) on back-to-back possessions, but Carr engineered a 75-yard, seven-play march that culminated in a 27-yard run by Jake Medel (90 yards on eight carries) for a 21-0 lead with 9:33 left in the second quarter.
The lead swelled to 28-0 in the second quarter when the Apaches drove 51 yards on eight plays as Carr (34 yards on four rushes) carried it in from 14 yards out with four minutes left.
A 30-yard screen pass from Carr to Medel made it 35-0 as 1:59 remained before the half.
Hoover’s lone tally was a three-yard run by Tabayoyong (78 yards on eight rushes) with 6:08 left in the final quarter, and was the Tornadoes’ initial points in league play.