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Vaqueros football looks to take next step

Glendale Community College football hopes to improve on consecutive 1-9 seasons in 2012.

August 30, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com
  • Glendale Community College tight end Anthony Carter, right, will look to boost the Vaqueros passing game in 2012.
Glendale Community College tight end Anthony Carter,… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Putting up some crooked numbers figures to be a key objective for the Glendale Community College football team this season — on the scoreboard, of course, but most importantly in the win column.

The Vaqueros enter Saturday's 1 p.m. season opener at Compton College having won just one game in each of the past two seasons, going a frustrating 2-18 over that span. For the returning sophomore class, it's been a headache they would just as soon like to avoid this time around.

"One and nine definitely leaves a bad taste in your mouth," returning center Spencer Lee said. "It brings sort of a whole other level of preparation. You come in there, you want to do better and you want to win some more games, so with the kids we had last year and the kids we brought in, it's a good group of kids and I think we have potential to do some good things this year."

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There's signs of a possible turnaround ahead, as well as some question marks, with the Vaqueros' offense being most emblematic of that duality.

The void at the quarterback position that so hamstrung the Vaqueros offense last year appears to have been filled by a surplus of capable candidates, but the team bears not a single returning ballcarrier from last season's deep and dominant rushing attack.

"We're really hoping that a couple of young men step up and do well," Vaqueros Coach John Rome said of filling the gaps in the running game, which was ranked second in Southern California last year with 226.5 yards per game.

The Vaqueros will lean heavily on sophomore transfer Collin Keoshian, a bounceback from Brigham Young University who played sparingly for College of the Canyons last season.

Big and skilled, but without much 11-man live game experience after playing eight-man football in high school and redshirting his only season at BYU, Keoshian will get his first shot at being a featured tailback.

Freshmen Walter Moctezuma and Chan Kim, a Glendale High graduate, are also in line for carries.

Up front, two returning All-Western State Conference selections from last year in Lee and tackle Steven Escoboza will be joined by freshmen Ricardo Macias and Joe Bartolo.

"I'm very happy with those four right now," said Rome, who is still weighing his options for filling out the offensive line.

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