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GCC loses heartbreaker

November 06, 2011|By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan

NORTHEAST GLENDALE - The emotions of a trying, difficult and all-around tough season were apparent on Glendale Community College Coach John Rome’s face.

            Minutes after the Vaqueros suffered a 47-41 loss to Santa Monica College on Saturday in a Pacific Conference American Division game at Sartoris Field, Rome was in tears when he talked about the determination of his team.

            “These are my sons,” Rome said. “I believe that. I’m proud of these guys every day. They’ve never quit. It was a tough offseason for us. We came together. We fought. This team fights and this team competes. It works hard every day.”

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            The Vaqueros (1-8, 1-4 in conference) worked hard Saturday, but Santa Monica (7-2, 5-0) had an answer for each one of their challenges.

            Santa Monica scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive following five of the six Vaquero scores.

            Using a conservative passing game and a pounding running attack featuring Joseph Wiggan (117 yards and two touchdowns), Omar Sanchez-Barrera (89 and one score), and Timothy Broughton (42 and one score) – who combined for 248 yards rushing in 50 carries – the Vaqueros rallied from two touchdowns down to tie the score at 41 with two minutes remaining in the game.

            “We’ve been running the ball all year,” Rome said. “We believe our offensive line is the best single unit in the conference. We can run the ball on anybody.”

            Sanchez-Barrera scored from six yards out to cap a nine-play, 80-yard drive, but Rome and his team knew that it left too much time on the clock for Santa Monica to drive for the possible winning score.

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