1928 -- that a home game has been played at the college.
It was a night of firsts.
Quarterback Steve Martinez' six-yard scoring run in the opening
quarter became the first points scored by a Vaquero on the field,
coming shortly after Samuel Ledford ran for his team's initial first
down and Martinez completed his team's first pass.
There was a first of almost everything on the field, of course --
but a first victory must wait.
Unfortunately for the Vaquero faithful, a valiant Glendale College
comeback fell short in a 39-36 loss to Southwestern. Nonetheless, the
night served a bigger purpose historically as the beginning of a
bright future for Vaquero athletics.
"It was great to come out here and play in front of these fans,"
said Martinez, who quarterbacked his team in front of a near-capacity
The field, which bears the name of Athletic Director Jim Sartoris,
was the centerpiece of a banner day. It began with a campus luncheon
in which the field was officially dedicated to Sartoris.
"It's actually kind of embarrassing. Most of the time a field's
named after someone who's dead or donated a million dollars,"
Sartoris said with a smile. "At the same time, it's a great honor.
I'm really proud of the fact that they'd use my name."
Sartoris has been involved with Glendale College for 39 years,
first as an All-American football player and then, from 1972 to 1988,
as a head coach, posting an impressive 111-63-1 record. He coached 30
All-Americans during his time, but his most well-known former player
is Andy Reid, the Philadelphia Eagles head coach.
Reid's name sits upon the field's scoreboard -- he and his family
donated the $75,000 needed to install the state-of-the-art device.
Reid spoke by phone with Sartoris during the pregame festivities,
with the conversation broadcast to the crowd.
"For myself and my teammates, I thank you for all you've done for
us," said Reid, who played for the Vaqueros from 1976-77. A humble
Sartoris was quick to remark that the day wasn't just his -- it