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Surveying the Vaqueros' slate

Football: GCC Coach John Rome hopes this year's schedule plays out in his team's favor.

August 18, 2011|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

Though the season doesn't start for another two weeks, the Glendale Community College football schedule has clearly been on the mind of Vaqueros Coach John Rome.

Although the Vaqueros finished 1-9 and 1-5 in the Pacific Conference's American Division last season, five of those losses were decided by a touchdown or less. This season's schedule will remain the same, though the sites will be reversed.

Glendale college's longest road trip will carry it to Santa Barbara in late October. Otherwise, the remainder of the road games will be within 50 miles of Glendale.

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"It's the same schedule, and a fine schedule, and we won't have to travel to Allan Hancock," Rome said, referring to the 300-mile round trip that the Vaqueros took for a nonconference contest last season to Santa Maria. "It can be difficult to please everybody, but we have some good nonconference matchups and we will be mostly playing teams close to here."

Glendale will open its season by making a short trek to Pasadena City College for a nonconference game at 6 p.m. Sept. 3. Pasadena posted a 41-20 road win at Sartoris Field last season, but will have a new coaching staff in place for this season.

"That's a game where you don't know what to expect because they have a new staff," Rome said. "Everything that you had prepared for [with the previous coaching staff] goes away because you have to prepare for something new, so we will have to do a little research and see what their coaching staff likes to do."

The Vaqueros will then meet Golden West in a nonconference road game at 7 p.m. Sept. 10. That game will be played at Orange Coast Community College in Costa Mesa. The Vaqueros suffered a 39-22 home loss last season to Golden West.

"The one thing you tend to know about them is that they are always well-coached," Rome said.

Glendale will compete in its first home game at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 with a nonconference contest against East Los Angeles College, which handed the Vaqueros a 33-13 road defeat last season.

Rome said he's hoping the Vaqueros will have made some progress before stepping onto the Sartoris Field turf.

"We will look to see how much improvement we will have made by that time with our fundamentals," Rome said. "We will be glad to finally be playing at home for the first time."

Glendale will close out the nonconference portion of its schedule at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 against visiting Hancock, which posted a 44-28 win against the Vaqueros last season at home.

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