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GCC football self destructs in loss to L.A. Valley

Glendale Vaqueros undone by turnovers, errors in 57-18 road loss to previously winless L.A. Valley Monarchs.

October 27, 2012|By Nathan Cambridge

VALLEY GLEN — On paper, the Glendale Community College football team looked to have its best chance to pick up its first American Division Pacific Conference win of the season and end a four-game losing streak when going on the road to face a Los Angeles Valley team that was winless.

But to accomplish this, the Vaqueros would have to do without their best weapon on offense, with running back Collin Keoshian suspended for the game, starting tackle Steven Escobaza removed from the team, quarterback Ki Bae starting only his second game, and a myriad of injuries. However, on the field, even all those missing components might not have made up for the astoundingly poor execution at the start. Against Glendale, the host Monarchs looked like a team with a zero in the back of their record rather than the front as they put up 35 unanswered points in the first quarter en route to a 57-18 win.

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“I’ve never seen anything so erroneous, error after error,” Glendale Coach John Rome said of his team’s early execution. “I mean, really good teams can’t overcome that and we haven’t shown we can do that without self-destruction.”

Los Angeles Valley (1-7, 1-4) had not scored more than 22 points in any of its games before facing the Vaqueros Saturday night. The Monarchs passed that mark 7:04 into the first quarter, starting with a 94-yard return of the opening kickoff by Antonio Bray. That score, just 14 seconds into the game, marked the Monarchs’ first lead at home of the season.

On the ensuing possession, Glendale (2-6, 0-5) turned the ball over on its second play when a shotgun snap sailed past Bae’s right shoulder and was recovered by Valley’s George Alvarez at the Vaquero 21-yard line. The defense held with a sack on third down by Justin Slaughter leading to a punt. But three plays into the next drive, the Vaqueros again fumbled a snap and this time it was immediately turned into points when Bryan Beaman scooped it up and went 19 yards for a touchdown.

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