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Big play dooms Glendale Community College football again in loss to Santa Monica

Football: Specials teams problems still plague Vaqueros, who fall, 44-28.

October 05, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge
  • Glendale Community College lost to Santa Monica on Saturday afternoon. (Raul Roa Staff Photographer)
Glendale Community College lost to Santa Monica on Saturday… (Raul Roa Staff Photographer )

SANTA MONICA — After one half of Glendale Community College's football game on the road facing Santa Monica City College, the Vaqueros held a one-point advantage and were two quarters away from ending a double-digit losing streak in American Division Pacific Conference play.

But it was not to be, as the offense went dormant in the second half and the Vaqueros were once again plagued by mistakes on special teams, leading to a 44-28 victory Saturday afternoon for the host Corsairs. The loss extends the Vaqueros' American Division Pacific Conference losing streak to 11 games and puts them under .500 for the first time this season.

PHOTOS: Glendale Community College vs. Santa Monica College football 

"We quite frankly gave the game away with special teams mistakes again," said Glendale Coach John Rome, whose squad allowed two kickoff return touchdowns a week prior.

GCC (2-3, 0-2) was up, 21-20, at the break, following a first half that saw the teams exchange the lead five times. However, in the second half, the Vaqueros struggled to get first downs, including on their first four possessions of the third quarter. The fourth possession, which followed a Corsairs fumble, did have the possibility of ending in points and extending the lead. Kicker Dan Blackford lined up for a 42-yard field goal, but he never got to make his attempt, as the snap sailed high and off the holder's fingertips.

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Santa Monica (3-2, 2-0) then drove the ball the other way, ending the possession with a successful 23-yard field goal for the host's first lead since early in the second quarter. Special teams gaffes bit the Vaqueros again on the ensuing kickoff. The ball first bounced between two returners and, once it was picked up, was promptly stripped by Santa Monica and returned by Tyler Hasty six yards for a touchdown, stretching the Corsair advantage to 30-21 as the home team scored 10 points in seven seconds.

"All those types of mistakes, they add up," Rome said. "We play well enough to win the game, score 28 points, run the ball pretty well, control the clock, but we give up the big play. Our worst enemy is ourselves."

Glendale answered immediately with a 55-yard, four-play drive capped by a 47-yard touchdown run up the middle by Vaquero Joshua Martinez. The Vaqueros trailed, 30-28, after three quarters.

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