Nitros End Frustration
Weeks of frustration were pushed aside by the Glendale High football team, which posted a 54-19 drubbing over rival Hoover last Friday night at Moyse Field in the Pacific League finale.
There will be no CIF Southern Section playoffs, but possession of the “Victory Bell,’’ will suffice.
Sticking to what it does best, Glendale (1-9 and 1-6 in league) kept the ball on the ground, grinding out 363 yards, while scoring eight touchdowns.
Senior running back Chan Kim sliced his way for 112 yards on 18 carries, accounting for a one-yard touchdown late in the second quarter that concluded a 45-yard, eight-play drive to make it 26-13, and a seven-yard score with 4:27 left in the third quarter that made it 33-19.
“We wanted this real bad,’’ Kim said. “We had a long season. We’re glad that we won.”
Quarterback Alex Yoon (117 yards on eight carries) scored on a 24-yard scamper, tacked on a 22-yard burst late in the third quarter to make it 40-19, and a 49-yard romp early in the final quarter that gave Glendale a 47-19 cushion.
“This is a really big win for us,’’ Yoon said. “We had a disappointing season, but it was great to win the final game.”
The triumph wasn’t lost on Alan Eberhart, the Glendale head coach.
“We knew we could run the ball,’’ he said. “We lost some games that I felt we should have won. We’d play well in the first half, and wouldn’t in the second half. It’s good for the seniors to end their careers with a win.”
Hoover narrowed the Glendale lead to 7-6 when senior quarterback A.J. Pule found running back Luke Taboyoyong (80 yards and 16 rushes) with a 12-yard pass and 5:19 remaining in the first quarter.
The Tornadoes (1-9 and 1-6 in league) tied it at 13-13 when senior wide receiver Devaghn Williams (65 yards and five catches) scored on a three-yard reverse and 8:52 left in the second quarter.
Hoover (267 total net yards) made it 26-19 when Pule (73 yards and 14 carries) marched his team 78 yards on 13 plays, ending the drive with a four-yard run as 6:48 remained in the third quarter.
“Our run defense this season was terrible at times,‘’ said Chris Long, the Hoover head coach. “They ran the ball. We couldn’t stop them.”
Glendale’s first score was made possible when Alex Manukian returned the opening kickoff 51 yards, with running back Anthony Platero darting in from one yard out and 8:05 left in the opening quarter.
Yoon made it 13-6 about five minutes later when he scored on a 24-yard run that capped off a 45-yard, four-play drive.
Alejandro Maravilla picked off Pule (10 of 21 for 111 yards and one interception), and Glendale (374 total yards) took over at midfield.
Six plays later, running back Duncan Maxwell scored on a two-yard dash with 7:06 showing in the fourth quarter to make it a 35-point lead.