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East L.A. gives Glendale the slip

September 18, 2011

By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan — NORTHEAST GLENDALE - He says his team has been working on its tackling issues all season.

It just hasn’t been able to fix its problems.           

Glendale Community College football Coach John Rome was left searching for answers to his team’s defensive woes after a 48-17 nonconference loss to East Los Angeles College on Saturday at Sartoris Field.

“It’s very apparent we have a very difficult time tackling,” said Rome, whose team dropped to 0-3 and has surrendered an average of 43.6 points per game in the process.

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“We allow teams to make plays and extend yardage.”

East L.A. (1-2) had plenty of yards Saturday.

The Huskies gained 596 yards of total offense in 83 plays, averaging a gain of 7.2 yards per play. They entered the game averaging 352 yards per game.

Rome was left mesmerized at the Huskies’ offensive statistics and his team’s struggles.

East L.A. had 35 first downs to the Vaqueros’ 10. The Huskies also had 41 minutes of possession time to Glendale College’s 18, running 39 more plays than the Vaqueros.

“We didn’t have the ball enough,” Rome said. “We had forty-five plays. Are you kidding me? A high school team has more plays than that.”

The Huskies’ offense stayed on the field longer largely because of its ability to convert on third and fourth downs.

East L.A. was 10 of 16 on third-down conversions and three for three on fourth-down plays, including a pair of fourth-down touchdowns on a fake punt in the second quarter and a 28-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter.

“We don’t tackle very well,” Rome said. “It’s not that we don’t work on it. We practice it on a daily basis.

“They extended drives. We have to get better defensively.”

The Huskies scored on their first eight possessions, and punted just once, and that came with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

Glendale College took a 3-0 lead on Helio Guerra’s 18-yard field goal with nine minutes left in the first quarter, but the Huskies responded with 34 unanswered points to end the Vaqueros’ hopes of a victory.

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