Glendale defeats Oxford rival 15-7

Senior Gemini quarterback Brady Rangel shakes off a College Avenue tackle to make a second-half run for nearly a first down. Glendale defeated CASS 15-7 in the final game of the TVRA regular season last Wednesday. Playoffs begin this week. (Chris Abbott/Tillsonburg News) jpg, TN

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There’s just something about playing an Oxford rival.

Going back to the Oxford-Elgin days, Glendale senior boys football team has had some massive rivalries with Arthur Voaden, Parkside, and East Elgin, but the Oxford rivalries are equally special. Huron Park, for several high school generations, was always a tough battle, and in their day both Ingersoll and St. Mary’s fielded competitive teams. In recent years, College Avenue has been a rival, and the teams met last Wednesday in the final regular season game. Glendale prevailed 15-7.

“We always love the College Avenue rivalry, the Oxford rivalries,” said Glendale coach Sean Van Beers. “We don’t get Ingersoll too often, so it’s nice to play CASS every year, they’re just so good.”

Reese Ashford (22) recovered a fumble for a first-quarter Glendale touchdown, and Gavin Foster ran 30-plus yards to score a rushing game-winning touchdown in the third quarter. Jax Varro kicked three singles, converting both TDs and one off a punt through the CASS end zone.

“Probably not our best performance today and the weather probably had something to do with that – cold, wet, rainy,” said Van Beers. “We only have 20-something guys, so we’re not a big team.”

Offensively, he said they tried to keep it simple.


Glendale’s offensive line prepares for the snap against College Avenue last Wednesday on home turf. (Chris Abbott/Tillsonburg News) jpg, TN


“Nothing fancy,” he said. “But sometimes that’s the best way to do it, right? Keep things simple.”

Wednesday’s homefield victory gave Glendale a 2-3 record in the four TVRA Central Senior Boys Football ‘Williamson’ Division, matching Strathroy.

“We ended up finishing second in the division, so that works out alright,” said Van Beers. “We’ll host a playoff game here next week. We don’t know who yet, but it could be Montcalm. We don’t know 100 per cent, but it’s looking like a rematch against Montcalm.”

It turned out the Gemini coaches were right, Glendale will face Montcalm from the Walzak Division today (Wednesday, Oct. 23), 2 p.m. in quarter finals (at City Wide No. 1 according to the TVRA website).

“We did lose to them in Week 2 when we went down there. It was a bit of a rough game for us, 27-14, so we’re looking for a little revenge.”

Van Beers said the ‘heavy-hitter’ in the conference is Saunders (5-0), who defeated Glendale 39-10 on Oct. 11.

“One game at a time, one game at time,” he smiled. “And with 20 guys, we beat expectations. We definitely beat expectations this year. Super happy about that. It’s not that we didn’t think we were talented enough, it’s just numbers. Literally every guy plays the whole game, almost.

“They are a tough group though. It goes to show you don’t need 35-40 guys, you just need a group of guys that wants to play, and we’re pretty happy about that.”