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Glendale High football picks up early win versus South Pasadena

Football: Nitros improve to 2-1 after nonleague contest against South Pasadena was called with 2:23 left due to injury.

September 20, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Glendale High running back Daniel Jung rushed for over 115 yards and a touchdown during the Nitros 23-7 nonleague win over South Pasadena High on Friday night. (Mike Mullen)
Glendale High running back Daniel Jung rushed for over…

GLENDALE — On an evening in which the flickering bulbs of the scoreboard above Moyse Field were dimmed in comparison to flashing lights of an ambulance, a victory was put in perspective for the Glendale High football team.

With 2:23 left in Friday night’s contest, Glendale was awarded a 23-7 nonleague victory over visiting South Pasadena High when the contest was called due to an injury.

South Pasadena defensive back Jeremy Gabler was hit on a tackle attempt of Glendale’s Luis Ruiz near the Tigers sideline and remained motionless on the field for nearly 15 minutes, until an ambulance carted off the freshman to a nearby Glendale hospital.

“It appears to be a neck thing and not a concussion, but I’m not a doctor and don’t know for sure,” said Tigers Coach Marty Konrad, a former Flintridge Prep coach. “All this is precautionary and we’re just going to see what’s next. It looks like it was a helmet-to-helmet hit.”

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The victory improved the Nitros’ record to 2-1, which marks the latest point Glendale has owned a winning record since the final week of the 2008 season.

Prior to the injury, the Nitros owned the second-half storyline, having outscored the Tigers, 16-0, while shinning on offense and defense.

Maybe no individual player made as big an impact as did Nitros two-way player Daniel Jung.

The junior rushed 19 times for 115 yards and a touchdown, while coming up with two second-half turnovers.

With the Nitros leading, 13-7, Jung intercepted a pass from Tigers quarterback Michael Partida with 3:47 left in the third quarter at the Tigers’ 40 and raced toward the end zone before being stopped at the 12.

While Glendale went three and out on the following offensive series, senior kicker Martin Marin nailed a 25-yard field goal to put the Nitros up two possessions, 16-7, with 2:15 remaining in the contest.

“We had a slow first half, but we picked it up in the second half,” Jung said. “This is a big win for us because we made plays.”

South Pasadena took over at its 20 on the next possession, but was turned away on a third and five at Tigers’ 48 with 9:20 left in the fourth quarter thanks to a sack from Ricardo Herrera of Partida.

The tackle for a loss forced a punt as Glendale went back to work.

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