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GCC football takes step back in loss to West L.A.

Football: GCC comes out of bye week shaky in 41-6 loss to West L.A.

October 13, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk

NORTHWEST GLENDALE — It took the Glendale Community College football team three attempts just to get the opening kickoff to stay in bounds — an ominous start to a first half that ended on an even more sour note with a Vaqueros fumble returned more than half the field for a touchdown with zeros on the clock.

Not much of the action sandwiched between those two points went Glendale's way either, as the host Vaqueros took a three-touchdown deficit into halftime and never recovered in a 41-6 Pacific Conference American Division loss to West Los Angeles College on Saturday at Sartoris Field.

"It sure looked like there was rust," said Glendale Coach John Rome, whose team, which was coming off its bye week, lost its third straight to fall to 2-4 and 0-3 in conference. "But [West L.A.] had a bye, too. Maybe they had better Rust-O-Leum than we did. We just looked a lot more rusted."

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West L.A. (2-4, 1-2), which snapped a three-game losing streak of its own, put the finishing touches on the victory with three fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 99-yard interception return for a score at the 7:26 mark and a 92-yard drive orchestrated by its backup quarterback in the final three minutes. Glendale's own backup quarterback, freshman Ki Bae, ran up the middle for 16 yards for the Vaqueros' only score with 1:59 left in the game after leading a 45-yard drive.

Bae replaced starter Nick Blackmon after Blackmon threw his second interception of the game that was returned 99 yards by Will Lacy for a 35-0 West L.A. lead with 7:26 to play. Blackmon completed 11 of 24 passes for 88 yards, as the Wildcats defense keyed on the Vaqueros' rushing game. Collin Keoshian, who entered the game leading the conference in rushing yards with 700, was held to 93 yards on 24 carries, while Walter Moctezuma added 59 yards in 10 carries.

"We didn't play a very complete game," Rome said. "They loaded up on the run against us and when we can't throw the ball to keep pressure off of us, it puts a big strain on our offense."

Glendale turned the ball over four times, including two for scores, but its Achilles Heel was its inability to convert in the red zone and finish its few solid drives. That point was crystallized in a six-minute span at the tail end of the third period where the Vaqueros got a big break on the heels of a bad breakdown, but still couldn't capitalize.

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