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Glendale breaks slump in Santa Barbara

Football: GCC picks up first win of the season with all-around complete effort.

October 29, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com

After coming achingly close to wins this season only to fall short, the best remedy for the Glendale Community College football team’s season-long losing streak was to leave nothing to chance, and nothing to the fourth quarter.

Bolstered by the return of injured quarterback Kevin Hunter and powered by one of the more prolific rushing attacks in the state, Glendale jumped all over host Santa Barbara City College early and never relented.

Glendale’s 38-17 Pacific Conference American Division victory Saturday night was its first win of any kind since a win over L.A. Southwest to close out the 2010 campaign and lifted an immense weight off the shoulders of coaches and players alike.

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“It feels very great because everybody this year has put in a lot of effort in the spring and summer,” said Glendale running back Joe Wiggan, who led the team’s 217-yard rushing attack with 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 22 carries. “It starts in the weight room and it ends on the field, but it feels good to see all your work actually pay off and it feels good to see your family enjoy the victory together as a unit.”

Coach John Rome added, “It was the best feeling to see the faces of these young men and they’ve worked so hard.”

The visitors would trail early, 3-0, on a 37-yard field goal by Adam Maisch with 6:20 left in the first quarter, but from there it was all Glendale (1-7, 1-3 in conference). On 22 total plays, Glendale drove 66 and 63 yards, respectively, for two first-half scores to take a 14-3 lead into the halftime break.

Wiggan scored on a five-yard run with 43 seconds remaining in the first period and Omar Barrera-Sanchez punched one in from a yard out with 3:25 left in the half.

Wiggan’s second score of the night, a three-yard run, finished off a 10-play, 55-yard march to open the third quarter and Timothy Broughton got in on the scoring with a four-yard run to cap a 12-play, 47-yard drive and put Glendale up, 28-3, with 1:18 left in the third.

“It was a very, very complete win,” said Rome, whose team entered the contest ranked 12th in the state in rushing offense with 198.3 yards per game. “We really moved the ball well on the ground.”

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