A football game can’t be over at halftime, but realistically it was for Hoover High, which fell to city rival Glendale, 49-6, at Moyse Field last Friday evening in the season finale for both.
And so for the fourth consecutive time, the Nitros, who lead the series 50-33-2, celebrated after the Pacific League match and retained the “Victory Bell.’’
Daniel Jung tallied two opening-half touchdowns and accounted for 149 of his game-best 164 rushing yards on 18 carries, while Luis Ruiz (141 yards on 13 rushes) added a pair of scores for the Nitros, who led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and were ahead by 36 points at the intermission.
Jung’s one-yard run with 10:12 left in the first quarter made it 7-0, and his 30-yard sprint with 5:51 left in the second quarter pushed the Nitros in front, 35-6.
Jung’s dash came after a lateral from Martin Marin, who snared an eight-yard pass from quarterback Kevin Felix.
“We wanted to keep the bell,’’ said Felix, a senior who completed seven of 11 passes for 142 yards and no interceptions. “It means something for Glendale [football] history. This was nice, but we could have had an even better season. There were games we could have won like the one against La Canada.”
The Nitros (4-6 and 2-5 in league) dropped a 27-20 decision to the Spartans and lost to Arcadia, 14-6.
Hoover (2-8 and 0-7 in league) managed one score when backup quarterback James Ruvalcaba, off a flea-flicker hit Andres Perez with a 71-yard bomb and 9:15 left in the second quarter that cut the Nitros’ lead to 21-6.
“We got off to a slow start,’’ said Hoover Head Coach Matt Andersen, whose team had 171 total net yards. “I don’t think we were outmatched. They got tired in the second half.”
Felix tossed two touchdowns in the first half to Marin (126 yards on four receptions). The first was a 32-yarder with 6:14 showing in the opening quarter that made it 14-0, and an 82-yarder with 8:11 remaining before the half for a 28-6 lead.
Jung and Marin each intercepted Hoover starting quarterback Se Jun Kim (three of 15 for 45 yards).
Ruiz’s eight-yard burst and 9:37 left in the second quarter saw Glendale build a 21-point spread, and his 30-yard jaunt with 4:35 showing in the same quarter gave the Nitros (449 total yards) a 42-6 edge.
Nicolas Lopez capped an 11-play, 79-yard march with a three-yard run and 39 seconds left in the third quarter as the Nitros pulled away by 43 points.