Glendale Community College (4-0, 2-0 in the division) came out tough and finished with its best all-around game of the year, scoring a season-high in points and surrendering a season-low 46 yards on defense.
The Vaqueros — who totaled only 147 total yards of offense in a 14-6 victory against Compton College on Sept. 16 — gained 168 yards in the first half alone against L.A. Southwest and finished with 337 total yards.
In his second consecutive start, quarterback Brendon Doyle made his most consistent start. He finished 11 of 15 passing for 154 yards with one passing and one rushing touchdown, and looked far more poised in the pocket compared to the previous week.
"We had our best week of practice and it gave our offense a lot more confidence," he said. "The praise has to go to the offensive line [tonight], it all starts with them."
Doyle got the Vaqueros on the board with 4:30 remaining in the first quarter. On the Cougars' 8-yard line, he rolled out to the right on a quarterback keeper and raced toward the right pylon and into the end zone to give his team a 6-3 lead.
On its next possession, Glendale Community College went to the ground and pounded the ball downfield to set up the second scoring drive of the evening.
Running back Anthony Cullors plunged in for a 1-yard score with 12:23 left in the second quarter to extend the lead to 13-3.
After L.A Southwest (1-3, 1-1) quarterback Kurios Alexander fumbled on his own 32-yard line on the subsequent possession, the ball was recovered by Glendale Community College's Sarkis Boyadjian to set up another score.
Paul Zuber knocked home a 24-yard field goal with 8:24 left before halftime to give the Vaqueros a 16-3 advantage.
The fumble recovery was the first of three takeaways for the Vaqueros, who kept the opposition off balance for a large part of the contest, including limiting the Cougars to negative-10 rushing yards.