Switching their loyalties

first_img The game has a different meaning for Grillo. He wants payback for losing to Palmdale last year when he played for Lancaster. “I want to beat them because they beat us last year,” he said. “A lot of people gave me a hard time when I transferred this summer, so this is my chance to show them we’re a real football school here.” The game possessed a little more intrigue when it was first scheduled. Palmdale went 8-3 in 2004 before it was upset by St. Francis in the first round of the Southern Section Div. III playoffs. Oaks Christian went 14-0, easily winning the Div. XI title. The Lions’ critics complained their schedule wasn’t rigorous, so Redell added Palmdale to the schedule as a test for his young team. Palmdale has struggled this season. The Falcons are just 2-4, although two of those losses have come to teams that won Southern Section titles last year: Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks (Div. III) and Crespi of Encino (Div. X). “I guess this is the game where Oaks Christian is finally playing somebody,” Redell joked. “(Palmdale has) lost a few games, but they’re still a very fine football team. I think they’re a lot better than their record. “They haven’t broken loose yet, and I just hope they wait another week to do it.” Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WESTLAKE VILLAGE – All you need to know about Marc Tyler’s loyalties is written in silver pen across his eye-black strips on game days: 661. That’s the area code in Lancaster, which Tyler calls home. During the week, Tyler attends Oaks Christian in Westlake Village and stays with Lions star quarterback Jimmy Clausen. On weekends, he’s home in the Antelope Valley. Oaks Christian defensive end Tommy Grillo hasn’t started writing an area code on his equipment, but he gets home more often, making the 82-mile trip from his home in Lancaster two or three times a week. He stays with his aunt and uncle in Thousand Oaks one or two nights each week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Tyler, who is in his third year at Oaks Christian, and Grillo, who transferred to Oaks Christian last summer after two years at Lancaster High, have many friends in Lancaster. They’ll square off against some of them tonight when Oaks Christian plays host to Palmdale in a nonleague game. “I’m really excited,” said Tyler, who has developed into one of the nation’s top running backs in the Class of 2007. “I’ve been looking forward to this game ever since we scheduled it over the summer. Actually, I was one of the people who told coach (Bill) Redell to schedule it. ” Tyler and Grillo grew up playing against Palmdale stars such as running back Dominic Blood, receiver Tyreace House and quarterback Rodney Trimm in Pop Warner football and Palmdale Youth Football. They acknowledge there has been plenty of trash-talking since the game showed up on the schedule. “I see them all the time, and everyone is always saying how we’re just a little Div. XI school and how we don’t play anybody, so this is my chance to show them they’re wrong,” said Tyler, the son of former UCLA and 49ers star Wendell Tyler. “They talked a lot over the summer, but it slowed a little bit after we beat them in passing league.” last_img

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