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Vaqueros football opens with a victory

Football: Glendale Community College shows signs of turnaround by beating El Camino Compton College, 27-10, in season opener on Saturday afternoon.

September 01, 2012|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the News-Press
  • Glendale Community College wide receiver D'Angelo Blake runs unopposed into the end zone for a touchdown.
Glendale Community College wide receiver D'Angelo… (Mike Mullen )

COMPTON — Glendale Community College had a successful opening to the new football season with a 27-10 road victory over El Camino College Compton College Saturday afternoon.

The Vaqueros went up, 27-0, in the first half and then held off Compton in the second half for the win, which equaled the team's entire win total for each of the past two seasons.

"It has been a while since we started out with a victory," Glendale's John Rome, who has been the head coach since 2007 and presided over consecutive 1-9 seasons the last two years, said with a smile on his face.

Mistakes in the punting game by Compton paved the way for all three of the offensive touchdowns scored by Glendale college (1-0). The Vaqueros started the game with the ball, but they could not get a first down, leading to a punt by Jess Reed. The snap back to Reed bounced along the ground, but the sophomore scooped it up, remained composed, and got the kick off. The ball ricocheted off Compton kick returner Justin Aguilar's hands and Carlos Cuadra recovered for Glendale. The Vaqueros then mounted an eight-play 53-yard drive resulting in a rushing touchdown by Collin Keoshian, who jumped over the top and plunged into the end zone from four yards out.

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Compton (0-1) was held without a first down by the Glendale defense on its next two possessions. The first resulted in a successful punt, but the second did not. Cuadra broke through the protection, forcing the Tartar punter, who was near his own end zone, to pull the ball down and run, only to be tackled by Scott Plescia at the seven-yard line. After that, multiple penalties on the Vaqueros looked to spoil the excellent field position, but starting quarterback Nick Blackmon connected with Eugene Gandara for a 22-yard touchdown throw on third and goal.

"I liked our offense didn't make a lot of mistakes. From the penalty standpoint we did make a lot of mistakes, but from an execution standpoint we didn't make a lot of mistakes," Rome said. "Defensively we rallied to the ball and we tackled and that is such a good thing to see."

On the first offensive play by Compton after the Gandara score, Tartar starting quarterback Chandler Farrow was picked off by Matt Lopez, who returned the interception 35 yards for a touchdown.

"I saw the snap and I jumped on it and I had the cut because I saw the quarterback," said Lopez on what led to his second-quarter defensive touchdown.

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