WEST NYACK – Matt Jung is living every lineman’s dream.
It’s not hard to picture Clarkstown South’s rough-and-tumble quarterback lining up at center. And that’s exactly what he was doing until defensive coordinator John Naughton took notice of an impressive arm four years ago.
From that point on, Jung was taking snaps.
The senior had a hand in four touchdowns on Saturday, leading the Vikings to a 30-0 win over Suffern.
“We’ve had some quarterbacks here with really strong arms,” South coach Mike Scarpelli said after improving to 3-0 for the first time since 2011. “We’ve had some quarterbacks here with fast legs. Matt does it all. He knows the blitzes. He knows the checks. There are times when I line the backs up wrong. Matt puts them in the right spots. He is a coach on the field, a three-year varsity starter who really enjoys playing quarterback.”
When the Vikings were struggling early on to get traction, Jung pulled a handoff back, darted into the hole and quickly bounced the run down the right sideline. He went 60 yards for a touchdown with 10:38 to go in the first half.
“I guess you would call me a mobile quarterback,” said the former New City Rams center. “I love to run the ball. I love to give a good hit.”
Clarkstown South got into the end zone twice in the last 3:23 of the half.
Kyle Samuels went 20 yards in a hurry with a screen pass from Jung. It was a 14-0 lead after Michael Tagaris booted the extra point attempt. Dan Collamore then pulled in an 11-yard pass from Jung seconds before the intermission.
The Vikings went into the break with a comfortable lead, which had to be a source of relief after having to go back to North Rockland to finish up a heat-delayed win over the Red Raiders on Monday.
“It was like playing three games in eight days, so kudos to the kids,” Scarpelli said. “We didn’t really get going until Wednesday, but we had two great days of practice.”
Turning point: After the Mounties came up with a timely stop on third down six minutes into the second quarter, they jumped on a hard count and prolonged the Clarkstown South drive. Samuels was in the end zone three plays later and deficit was up to 14-0.
Player of the game: Matt Jung is playing like an experienced senior quarterback. He ran for 113 yards and two TDs and threw for 164 yards and two TDs.
Stat line: South wide receiver Sam Mistretta twice landed on the 1-yard line after catching 44- and 49-yard passes in the second half. … Suffern was stopped on fourth down four times. … Jung also pushed across the goal line from the 2 for the game’s final score.
Quotable: “We have a lot of weapons on the team and Matt is one of them,” Samuels said. “He’s at the top of all of our stat categories right now, so he’s a special athlete, a beast. I don’t think I’d want to get in his way.”