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Glendale Community College football still contemplating wild loss

Vaqueros look to move past crazy defeat; Hoover welcomes former coach in league game.

October 01, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Glendale Community College football's Marquise McGuire, left, tires to leap over an Antelope Valley College defender.
Glendale Community College football's Marquise… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

GLENDALE — The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 71st year, meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the fourth meeting of the year.

VAQUEROS FIND BAD, GOOD IN UGLY LOSS

Most everyone in attendance at the Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club let out a groan as Glendale Community College football Coach John Rome recounted Saturday's heartbreaking 37-30 home loss to Antelope Valley College.

After trailing, 29-17, about halfway through the third quarter of its Pacific Conference's American Division opener, GCC rallied late and took a 30-29 lead with about a minute remaining at Sartoris Field.

“We finally, finally got to the top of the mountain and scored and went up by one,” said Rome, “and we kicked off and they returned it for a touchdown.”

The room moaned, while Rome couldn't help but smile describing the disheartening ending, which was capped by the final of four kick-return touchdowns.

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“It wasn't that great a weekend, well it was until the game started,” Rome chuckled.

Even despite Saturday's disheartening loss, Rome was still in high spirits because of his team's resiliency.

“What I come away from this game thinking is that our team didn't quit, for high school that's expected, but in junior college when you have such transient athletes that's not always the case,” Rome said. “Our attitude coming out of that game was we were very angry at ourselves, but we fought very hard. I came away thinking we can play with anybody.”

GCC (2-2) will look to prove that Saturday and go back above .500 when it travels for just the second time this season to Santa Monica City College (2-2).

HOOVER PREPARES FOR EMOTIONAL REUNION

It may be with a limp, but Hoover football is walking excitedly into its fourth game with Arcadia.

“We're fired up about it because we get to play Hoover's former coach Andrew Policky and that's going to be an emotional game for us,” first-year Hoover Coach Matt Andersen said.

Policky, an Arcadia graduate, stepped down as Hoover's coach of the past two years and took the head Arcadia job in May. Friday will be the first time Policky has coached at Moyse Field since he left Hoover, which went 3-7, 1-6 in the Pacific League with him at the helm last year.

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