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Glendale Community College football rolls past San Diego Mesa for another home win

Football: Vaqueros make it two in a row at Sartoris with 41-6 win.

September 21, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Glendale Community College football player Marquise McGuire stiff arms a tackler to get away during nonconference game action versus San Diego Mesa College at Sartoris Field on Saturday. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Glendale Community College football player Marquise…

GLENDALE — After snapping a 17-game home losing streak, the Glendale Community College football team started a string of home wins behind the exploits of a dominant defense at Sartoris Field.

Visiting San Diego Mesa had a tough going from start to finish, especially on offense, as the Vaqueros picked up a 41-6 home victory Saturday night. GCC forced four turnovers, two coming on Jaelan Rising-Barnwell interceptions and had 13 tackles for a loss that included four sacks, as the Olympians averaged 0.8 of a yard on 33 rushing attempts.

PHOTOS: Glendale College football vs. San Diego Mesa College

“It’s a good feeling,” Glendale Coach John Rome said of starting a home winning streak, “we just have to keep getting better one game at a time.

“I am very proud of the defense. We’re young; we start 10 freshmen or players that haven’t played at their position before. I’m glad they’re improving. We have good team speed.”

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For the second year in a row, the Vaqueros have started the season 2-1, with the same schedule they faced last year, but will hope to keep the momentum going later in the season after they went 0-7 to end 2012. Rome expects a better end to 2013.

“This is a different team, these are different young men, I’m very proud of these guys,” Rome said. “We have a lot of men of character and we had a great offseason in which they grew. I hope they learned from last year’s experience, for those that were here, and they continue to grow.”

Glendale’s defense was dominant all night and was instrumental in building a 20-0 halftime advantage at the break. GCC forced three turnovers, 10 tackles for a loss (three sacks) and allowed just two first downs in the opening 30 minutes.

Offensively, Glendale was aided with quality field position on poor San Diego Mesa (1-2) punts. The Vaqs started 42 yards from pay dirt on their third drive and finally found the end zone after they started at the Olympians’ 35 on their previous possession.

Facing a third down and eight, the Vaqueros called a play-action pass that included a pump fake to the outside by quarterback Sean Murphy before a strike to Brock Kap over the middle for 14 yards. Right after, Murphy and Kap connected for an eight-yard touchdown using the very same play for a 7-0 lead with 5:31 to play in the first quarter.

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