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Glendale Community College football snaps home-losing streak

Football: Glendale picks up first victory at Sartoris Field in three years with 35-7 win over Compton College.

September 07, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the News-Press
  • Glendale Community College football's Brock Kap had a good start to the 2013 season in the Vaqueros' passing game Saturday.
Glendale Community College football's Brock Kap… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

GLENDALE — In search of a positive start to 2013, the Glendale Community College football team looked to open the season with a win over El Camino College Compton Center in consecutive years and end a home losing streak at Sartoris Field that spanned three years and 17 games.

After the final whistle, it was done and done on both counts. The Vaqueros received major contributions from a variety of new faces and feasted on eight Tartars turnovers on the way to a 35-7 victory to earn their first victory at home since Nov. 7, 2009.

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“This win is a great win for us,” Vaqueros freshman receiver Isaiah Bernard, who caught two touchdowns, said, “and it’s history for the team because it’s the first home win in the last [several] years. I’m really happy to be part of this team.”

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The GCC defense led the way, holding Compton scoreless until late in the fourth quarter, when the visitors scored against the reserves. The Vaqueros forced five turnovers alone in the first quarter, including on the first play of the day, as Compton’s first snap was high, lost and recovered by GCC. The giveaways led to Glendale taking a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.

Glendale scored its first points of the season on its second possession of the contest, capping a 12-play drive with a five-yard touchdown run by sophomore Brandon Foley. Earlier in the drive, freshman starting quarterback Sean Murphy threw his first completion as a college athlete, connecting with fellow newcomer Brock Kap for 15 yards.

“The first game of the season is always exciting,” Murphy said. “A bunch of us freshmen, [it’s] our first game in college, so it’s really exciting for us.”

On the ensuing possession, Compton running back Kevin Lance fumbled on a run up the middle, and once again GCC defenders recovered the mistake. The Vaqueros then turned the miscue into points when Murphy threw his first touchdown, connecting with freshman Jeremy Maresca for a 23-yard score.

The play just before saw Joshua Martinez run for 22 yards on his first touch as a Vaquero. 

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