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GCC football stalls out of gate in home defeat

Vaqueros fail to score until fourth quarter in conference loss to Santa Barbara.

November 03, 2012|By Nathan Cambridge

NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- Glendale Community College was very happy to see Collin Keoshian return to the field for its American Division Pacific Conference football game against Santa Barbara in this year’s installment of “The Battle of the Vaqueros” after serving a one-game suspension. It seemed mutual, as the host Vaqueros gave him the ball repeatedly and the big back produced throughout. However, with the rest of the offense dormant until the game was out of hand, it was not enough, as Glendale lost 36-18 Saturday night for its sixth consecutive defeat.


“The result didn’t change, but the bottom line is it’s nice having the kid,” Glendale Coach John Rome said of his feature back’s return. “He’s such an appreciative kid who works so hard. He’s just a great young man.”


Keoshian finished with 27 carries for 184 yards and one rushing touchdown. On his fourth carry of the second half, a five-yard run, the 240-pound sophomore went over 1,000 yards on the year. He finished the night with 1,072 yards so far this season with one game to go, putting him currently twelfth all-time on the Glendale single-season rushing list. With comparable production next week against Los Angeles Pierce, Keoshian could crack the top five as Glendale will look for its first conference and home win.

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“It was great to be back,” Keoshian said. “What can I say? The O-line did amazing, my fullback did amazing, receivers blocked amazing. Everybody blocked great.”


Santa Barbara (4-5, 3-3 in conference) got its fourth rushing touchdown of the game with 40 seconds left in the third quarter, resulting in a 34-0 lead. The nine-yard scoring run came from Mike Peterson to cap a 10-play, 71-yard drive during which quarterback Jarred Evans went over the century mark in yards on the ground. The freshman finished with a team-high 111 yards on 10 carries for a gaudy 11.1 average. After the Peterson score, Glendale’s Bobby Baker got a hand on the kick attempt to block a PAT for the second week in a row.

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