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Daniel Jung propels Glendale High football to big win

Football: Nitros junior running back rushes for 220 yards and three touchdowns in team's season-opening 41-3 rout of San Gabriel.

September 06, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Glendale High running back Daniel Jung takes a hand off on the first play of the game and gets around the San Gabriel defense for an 86-yard touchdown in Glendale's season-opener Friday. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Glendale High running back Daniel Jung takes a hand off…

GLENDALE — It didn’t take long at all for the Glendale High football team to put the right foot forward in its 2013 season opener.

It was the first play from scrimmage to be exact, as Nitros junior running back Daniel Jung turned the corner on a pitch to the right and saw nothing but open field in front of him.

When he finally came to a halt, he had an 86-yard touchdown run en route to a monster night in which he scored four total touchdowns, racked up 282 total yards and propelled host Glendale to a season-opening 41-3 rout of San Gabriel at Moyse Field.

“It was a great opening game, we all did our job,” said Jung, who rushed for 220 yards in 13 carries for touchdowns of 86, 37 and 45 yards and hauled in a 62-yard scoring pass. “It was a great first win.”

It was a win buoyed by a first half in which the Nitros ran roughshod to the tune of a 34-7 lead before cruising through an uneventful second stanza that ended with a running clock.

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“We worked really hard in the summer, so it’s not a surprise to me,” Jung said of the lopsided nature of the win. “I don’t think it’s a surprise to the team, because hard work pays off.”

San Gabriel (0-2), running a no-huddle, shotgun spread offense, never truly challenged and, when it did, shot itself in the foot to the tune of 10 penalties for 50 yards, all on illegal procedure calls.

“I was happy with our effort,” Nitros Coach John Tuttle said. “I was pleased with our defense.”

The Glendale defense held San Gabriel to just 198 yards of total offense and tallied four sacks and got an interception from junior defensive back Corey Duran. San Gabriel also had three snaps over the quarterback or punter’s head and missed a field goal.

Glendale sputtered, as well, with two turnovers and nine penalties for 87 yards.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” Tuttle said.

Nevertheless, the Nitros had plenty of highlights to get excited about.

Holding a 7-3 lead, Glendale began its 34-point run to end the game when Jung took a pitch left and went untouched for a 37-yard romp, juking inside before breaking back along the sideline to get past the safety.

Junior running back Luis Ruiz (four carries for 72 yards) got into the scoring action when he sprinted past the San Gabriel defense off right tackle for a 57-yard touchdown and a 20-3 lead after the point-after attempt was missed.

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