Vaqueros forlorn in East L.A.

Football: Struggling GCC takes a turn for the worse in frustrating 33-14 road loss to Huskies.

September 20, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk,
  • Glendale college receiver Reinaldo Reyes.
Glendale college receiver Reinaldo Reyes. (Cheryl A. Guerrero,…)

MONTEREY PARK— Having left his usual position on the sideline in favor of calling in plays from the coaches' booth, Glendale Community College football Coach John Rome had a bird's eye view of his team's game at East Los Angeles College on Saturday.

Rome left the booth feeling sick to his stomach and, although he was high atop spacious Weingart Stadium, his condition after watching nearly three hours of a frustrating 33-13 nonconference loss to the Huskies had nothing to do with vertigo.

Unable to stop East L.A. and equally powerless at times to get out of their own way, the Vaqueros had nowhere to hide their mounting deficiencies on both sides of the ball as they absorbed a third straight loss to begin the season.

"It's one of those kind of games where you get a little frustrated and you try to do too much and the players try to do too much," Rome said. "Some guys want to get involved and jump in but they might not necessarily know what the plan is."


East L.A. (1-2) scored four unanswered touchdowns over a span beginning at the 4:12 mark of the second quarter — at which point it went up, 14-6 — through the 11:07 mark of the fourth quarter and, all the while, the Vaqueros continued to struggle with setting up their offensive plays, executing on passing downs, avoiding costly penalties and preventing third-down conversions defensively.

"We're just going to go back to basics and try to get these youngsters better for next week," Rome said. "That's all we can do; we've got to tackle better, run the football better and hopefully throw the football a little bit better and hopefully play with some more urgency on third down.

"Ultimately this is all my responsibility, but we're young and that's the hard part for us. We make mistakes that all young teams do."

New starter Kevin Hunter, former starter Steven Batista and third-stringer Greg Jimenez would all take a shot at playing quarterback on Saturday and the Vaqueros offense stalled frequently, but got on the board via a home-run play by freshman running back Antonio Bray.

After struggling to amass just 29 yards on their first four offensive series, the Vaqueros found the end zone on the first play from scrimmage of their first possession of the second quarter when Bray broke through a tackle five yards beyond the line of scrimmage and sprinted untouched for a 60-yard score to make it 7-6 at the 14:24 mark.

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