minutes, but Southwestern College's Ryan Bowling easily made a
39-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to lift the Jaguars
to a 39-36 triumph Saturday night at Sartoris Field.
"I'm disappointed that with the opening of our stadium, we
couldn't walk away with a win," said Vaquero Coach John Cicuto after
Glendale College played its first on-campus football game in the
program's 77-year history.
The Vaqueros -- coming off a 4-6 campaign that had its share of
unbelievable moments and fantastic finishes -- almost prevailed, as
they had an opportunity to win with less than 30 seconds to play.
After Southwestern punted to give the ball to Glendale College at
its own 23 with a minute to play, Vaquero quarterback Steve Martinez
orchestrated a drive to the Jaguars' 46. But the Vaqueros failed to
gain three yards on three consecutive plays, allowing the Jaguars a
final chance to win.
On Southwestern's first play, sophomore quarterback Robert Riggs
-- who threw four first-half touchdowns and ended up going 17 of 24
for 280 yards -- connected with Kevin Pike on a 32-yard play down the
middle. Bowling stepped in and calmly made the field goal to send the
Vaqueros to their fourth season-opening loss in the past five years.
"We didn't give up, but you have to play well for four quarters,"
For all his efforts, Martinez -- who had 260 yards passing,
including 119 to Donnelly, who caught 11 passes -- wasn't the one to
play the role of the hero at the end.