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Glendale Community College football looking to clean things up

Football: Special teams miscues lead Vaqueros' list of things to correct in bye week, as they aim to snap conference losing streak.

October 12, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Nathan Weston and the rest of the Glendale Community College football team will look to snap a conference losing streak after its bye week.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Nathan Weston and the rest of the Glendale… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

While the 2013 season got off to a strong start for the Glendale Community College football team, it went into its bye week with a two-game losing streak and looking to turn things around again.

There are a number of things Vaqueros Coach John Rome looked to accomplish in the week off before his team’s second American Division Pacific Conference game of the year at West Los Angeles College Saturday at 1 p.m.

“We always try to do the same thing, better our techniques, better our fundamentals,” said Rome, whose team is 2-3, 0-1 in conference after consecutive losses to Santa Monica City (44-28) and Antelope Valley (37-30), on Tuesday. “This week is really going to be more like a fall camp back in August.”

After the bye, Glendale will have a chance to snap its 11-game conference losing streak against a winless West LA squad (0-5, 0-2), with the one common team both sides have in common being Santa Monica, which the Wildcats fell to, 32-23.

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“Everyone’s hungry and ready to go into that West LA game,” Glendale linebacker Marcus Tappan said. “We don’t want people to think we’re the same team from last year.”

While Glendale’s three losses have come by an average of 16.7 points, all three have been competitive most of the way, with a crucial mistake or two serving as back breakers.

Another focus during this bye week for the Vaqueros is correcting a myriad of special teams miscues.

At Santa Monica last week, GCC was up one point at half, but gave up a 10-point run in seven seconds. It started when another long snap on a Glendale field goal attempt went wrong and led to a Santa Monica field goal. The Vaqs then fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Santa Monica returned it for a score.

GCC’s special teams surrendered 21 points, in the form of two kickoff return touchdowns and another that came on a botched field goal snap, the week earlier in a 37-30 loss to Antelope Valley.

Two Vaqueros field goals were blocked and another punt return fumbled and lost in their first loss of the year to San Bernardino Valley College, 45-18.

“It’s youth, but youth at a community college is every year,” explained Rome of the miscues. “The mistakes are the youth, but they just seem to compound and we’ve really just inflicted our own wounds.”

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