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Glendale Community College football looks to get beyond loss

Football: Vaqueros poised for bounce back effort versus visiting San Diego Mesa on Saturday.

September 20, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: The Glendale Community College football team is looking to rebound from a loss to San Bernardino Valley College at home against San Diego Mesa Saturday.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: The Glendale Community College football… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

In some ways, last Saturday evening was an aberration for the Glendale Community College football team, much to the chagrin of head coach John Rome.

While the Vaqueros (1-1) missed an opportunity to begin the season with consecutive victories for the first time since 2009 after a disheartening 45-18 defeat at San Bernardino Valley College, the loss wasn’t as upsetting as was the manner in which the game was lost.

“We played out of sorts,” Rome said. “We didn’t block on special teams, we threw the ball way too many times. We just didn’t play like this team is capable of playing and part of that responsibility falls on the coaches, primarily because this is a young team.”

It figures that blocking and running were on the agenda this week at practice, as Rome and Co. prepare for a nonconference tilt versus visiting San Diego Mesa College (1-1) on Saturday at 6 p.m at Sartoris Field.

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Yet, even after having two field goals blocked, two extra-point attempts missed and a punt return catch botched, Rome wasn’t too concerned with his special teams.

“I hope that was a one-game problem. I hope it was just an aberration,” Rome said of the special team gaffes. “Honestly, with the blocks, we just had problems lining up and gave up the edge, which is what we worked on.

“As for the botched punt, well, let’s just say that player has learned a big lesson and will be ready Saturday.”

What Rome was most alarmed about, though, was his suddenly pass-happy offense.

Vaqueros freshman quarterback Sean Murphy completed 30 of 59 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns. The passing attempt total was 24 more for Murphy than in the team’s 35-7 win versus Compton on Sept. 7 and was a career-high for the former Valencia High signal-caller, who never tossed more than 42 passes during his prep career.

“We almost threw 60 times. That’s what we do in three games, not one,” Rome said. “That’s what bothered me most. We need to get back to a balanced attack and get back to running the ball.”

Glendale is also hoping to get back into the win column versus the Olympians, who the Vaqueros defeated on the road, 31-19, last season.

In San Diego Mesa, the Vaqueros face a team that’s had an up-and-down season, but one that has at least an idea of what to expect from Glendale.

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