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Vaqueros leave `it on the field'

Football: Keoshian-led GCC gives L.A. Pierce a scare in 26-22 loss.

November 10, 2012|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Glendale News-Press
  • GCC's Walter Moctezuma is tackled during a loss to L.A. Pierce in the final game of the season.
GCC's Walter Moctezuma is tackled during a loss… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — In its final game of the season, still looking for its first win at home, on paper Glendale Community College looked to be greatly outmatched by fellow American Conference Pacific Division member Los Angeles Pierce, ranked 18th in Southern California in the latest California Community College Regional State Football poll.

However, on the turf of Sartoris Field, the Vaqueros, behind a gigantic effort by running back Collin Keoshian, hung right with the Brahmas, closing within a touchdown before coming up short and falling, 26-22, for their seventh straight defeat.

“Our team was a completely different team than all year,” Keoshian said. “We all came out hard. We all came out wanting to win. There is nothing much to say, we all left it on the field.”

Trailing by 10 points early in the fourth quarter, Keoshian took a direct snap out of the Wildcat formation on third down needing two yards to get the first, but instead rumbled 54 yards down the right side of the field for his third touchdown of the game. His pass for the two-point conversion was no good and Glendale (2-8, 0-7) closed to within four.

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“We all came together and knew it was our last game, so we wanted to fight hard at the very end,” Keoshian said.

Vaqueros sophomore Scott Plescia then intercepted Pierce quarterback Nick Arbuckle, the top passer in the conference coming in, to give Glendale a shot at taking the lead.

On the ensuing possession, Keoshian converted a third down and 15 yards to go at the Glendale eight with a 19-yard rush. Later in the drive, the Vaqueros faced a fourth and one at the Pierce 16-yard line, but a false start pushed them back to the 21. That put the home team in a passing situation and quarterback Nick Blackmon, in for starter Ki Bae, who left in the first quarter with a concussion, saw his throw go way off target, handing the ball back to Pierce. But the Glendale defense hung tough, forcing a punt and giving the Vaqueros one last chance with 3:14 left starting at the Brahma 49-yard line, but four plays later and four yards back, Blackmon’s fourth-down throw was woefully overthrown and Pierce would escape with the win.

“We’ve always tried to fight,” Glendale Coach John Rome said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries and such, but today they came out and played very hard. I’m very proud of them.”

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