Rob York HFC Glendale HS Cardinals 2017

Story & Photos by Kevin Pakos for Arizona Sports Network Radio. Posted 8/17/17

Glendale High School Cardinals 5A Union. One of the oldest schools in the state. It has a great sports history featuring many great coaches. Bob Crouch, Al Munoz, Tom Dingman, Mike Carl, Mark Smith just to name a few.

That was then, this is now. The recent football success of the Cardinals is not the stuff legends are made of. They have struggled, changed regions, sections, conferences to no avail. 

Rob York now in his second year as HC is well aware of the what needs to be done. I met him for the first time on 8/17/17 when the Cardinals hosted a preseason scrimmage against the 6A Copper Canyon Aztecs.

In 2017 the Cards enter the season one deep at every position. Many will be playing both ways. They were outnumbered and outsized. In a scrimmage coaches play their first, second team players in stages. Mixing in the JV players as well, if they have them.

This night was, complicated. The Cards offense struggled but held their own on their initial series. The defense spent a lot of time adjusting on their first. Then the different units took turns rotating into play. At the end both teams brought their first teams out again.

Glendale did well and showed a lot of poise and focus. Their second unit regrouped as well. In the past the evening may have had different ending. Tonight, the Cardinals showed that they believe in each other and their coaches. Many good things were accomplished.

Afterwards I spoke with coach York. We talked about his guys, the quarterback situation and his staff. He gives them all the credit. After witnessing the scrimmage, he is right, they all did an amazing job keeping this very young team on track. Make no mistake, Rob York could easily become one of the coaches that Glendale faithful will remember for a long, long time.

Enjoy the interview, get to know some coaches and players. Be sure to attend some games in one of the most amazing cities in Arizona. I will have more pictures and interviews soon. Check back


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