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Vaqueros defense looks for another big game

Football: Glendale Community College looks for second win against San Diego Mesa College.

September 14, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Glendale Community College football running back Walter Moctezuma and the rest of the Vaqueros offense gained little against San Bernardino Valley College's defense last week.
Glendale Community College football running back Walter… (Mike Mullen )

With the Glendale Community College football's offense still trying to find its way, there's been a lot of pressure put on the Vaqueros defense early in the 2012 season.

Glendale's defensive unit rose to the occasion and inspired hope for GCC's 2012 campaign when the Vaqueros defeated El Camino-Compton College on the road, 27-10, Sept. 1 as they forced three turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble) in the victory.

Defensively, Glendale college was overworked last Saturday. The Vaqueros netted just three first downs and 54 yards on offense (16 passing, 38 rushing), which kept their defense on the field for a long time in a 35-0 loss to San Bernardino Valley College.

While the Wolverines racked up 500 yards against GCC last week, Rome has seen improvement from the group under new defensive coordinator Marcus Turner.

"Our defense has been playing well in comparison to the last couple of years," said Rome, whose team is looking for its second win in a season for the first time since 2009. "Their tackling is better, their pursuit to the ball is better and from a scheme standpoint they do a good job of understanding where they need to be in relationship to each other. I think coach Turner and the defensive staff has done an excellent job in preparing them."

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Glendale's defense has a chance to flex its muscle today when it travels to San Diego Mesa College.

The Olympians sport a story similar to Glendale's through two games, as they opened with a 30-8 win over L.A. Southwest Sept. 1 before falling to a tough Grossmont team, 36-7, last Saturday.

For the season, Olympians quarterback Joe Kennedy has completed 19 of 44 passes for 251 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Steven Okidi is San Diego's primary running back, as he's ran for a team-high 128 yards in 37 carries.

The main area the Olympians have struggled in this season has been on the offensive line, particularly protecting Kennedy, who has been sacked 15 times for a total loss of 100 yards.

When asked if the Vaqueros will look to exploit San Diego's offensive line today, Rome's answer was simple and came with a chuckle.

"I certainly hope so," he said. "I hope so."

Still, Rome is also concerned with getting his offense up to speed, as it's averaging 145 yards a game this season (100 rushing, 45 passing).

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