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First win in cards for Vaqs or Brahmas

Football: Glendale Community College to meet Pierce in battle of winless teams today.

October 07, 2011|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

Just when the Glendale Community College football team thought its season couldn't get anymore unpredictable, it did.

The Vaqueros aren't sure when their starting quarterback will return, if at all. Then a scheduling quirk will find the Vaqueros on the home side of the field, but as the visiting team.

Glendale college will meet L.A. Pierce College at 6 p.m. today at Sartoris Field in a Pacific Conference American Division contest. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Pierce, but Pierce's field is undergoing renovations.

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As if things couldn't get any zanier for Glendale college Coach John Rome and Co., who are 0-5, 0-1 in the division, the Vaqueros will be looking for their first victory of the season against a team with the very same agenda, as the Brahmas are likewise 0-5 and 0-1..

"We'll be on the home side, but we'll be wearing our road jerseys," said Rome, whose team began division action Oct. 1 with a 30-21 road loss against L.A. Valley. "We knew they have been remodeling their field and we agreed to move the game to GCC about three weeks ago."

The Vaqueros will not have starting quarterback Kevin Hunter in the lineup for a second consecutive week. Hunter suffered a lacerated kidney while making a tackle following an interception against Allan Hancock on Sept. 24. It wasn't clear when Hunter will return, though Rome said he might be back for the final two games of the regular season.

With Hunter unavailable, Glendale will give the signal-calling chores to freshman Darren Orsbern. Orsbern didn't attempt any passes while playing in the first half against Valley. In the second half, Anthony Carter attempted four passes, three that were incomplete and one for an interception.

"We'll see what Darren can do," said Rome, whose team is averaging 18 points per game and is ranked 34th in Southern California. "We ran the ball almost 50 times last week, but we need more balance.

"We are going to have to be able to throw the ball more."

The Vaqueros received two rushing touchdowns against Valley from sophomore running back Timothy Broughton. Broughton finished with 82 yards in 17 carries and teammate Joe Wiggan rushed for a team-high 102 yards in 17 carries.

Pierce suffered a 44-21 division-opening loss against West L.A. on Oct. 1.

The Vaqueros and the Brahmas have struggled on defense. Glendale ranks 34th in Southern California, yielding 40.4 points per game. Pierce is 35th, surrendering 42.4 points per contest.

Pierce is averaging 20.2 points per game, good for 32nd in Southern California. It received two rushing touchdowns from running back Gregory Wanamaker against West L.A.

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