The Glendale High School varsity football team is off to its best start in 15 years after the Nitros won their third consecutive game in a 32-6 victory over Mark Keppel High in Alhambra on Sept. 1.
This marks the first time the Nitros opened a season with a 3-0 record since 2008.
The team has outscored opponents 80-41, also a best since 2008 when Glendale outscored its opponents 128-56 through the first three games.
Senior quarterback Jonathan Wells completed 14 of 24 passes for 167 yards with a pair of touchdowns to go along with a rushing touchdown, while senior Alex Idolor rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
Sophomore Rudy Cuellar hauled in four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown on the offensive end, and added four tackles and a pair of interceptions on defense.
Senior Austin Aldrete also did it all on both sides of the field and finished with eight receptions for 88 yards, five tackles, 1.5 sacks and a 35-yard interception on defense.
Senior Alfred Intriago had six carries for 24 yards and made an 11-yard catch, junior Mark Dacles racked up nine tackles, and senior Alejandro Maravilla contributed eight tackles and a sack. Senior Freddie Rios Barrientos registered seven tackles and 1.5 sacks, while sophomore Alexander Shirvanian finished with six tackles and a sack. Senior Gerardo Contreras and sophomore Brady Aldrete each tallied three tackles, while senior Brandan Guzman collected two tackles and two sacks. Senior Greg Terzian produced two tackles, while senior Andre Lopez had one tackle.
The undefeated Nitros hosted Beverly Hills for a nonleague matchup on Sept. 8; the game finished after the Glendale News-Press’ deadline and will be included in next week’s issue. Glendale will host Verbum Dei Jesuit High of Los Angeles for a nonleague game on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. before hosting Glenn High of Norwalk on Sept. 21.
First published in the September 9 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.