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Glendale Community College football wins second in a row

Vaqueros rout L.A. Southwest, 54-9, for second conference win in a row.

October 26, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge

GLENDALE — In its previous game, the Glendale Community College football program accomplished the task of ending its 11-game American Division Pacific Conference losing streak with a comeback win on the road versus West Los Angeles College. Going into its game Saturday hosting Los Angeles Southwest College, the Vaqueros had a chance to start a streak going in the positive direction.

That prospect looked dicey out of the gate at Sartoris Field as Glendale spotted the visiting Cougars an early advantage, but then the Vaqueros clamped down on defense and exploded on offense to blow out L.A. Southwest, 54-9, to record consecutive conference victories, move above .500, and double its overall win total from last season.

“This is good group of young men and they play each game one at a time,” Glendale Coach John Rome said. “We have a quote: ‘Everybody wants to win Saturday, but who wants to win starting Monday?’ This group wants to win Monday. We come out and we practice hard all week.”

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GCC (4-3, 2-2) was down, 9-0, just 3:15 into the game, but then shut the Cougars (1-6, 0-4) out the rest of way while scoring 41 of its season-high 54 points before halftime. The Vaqueros defense held the ground-based Cougars attack in check, limiting them to a 2.8-yard average on 47 rushing attempts and limiting the visitors’ passing to 48 total yards while sacking the Southwest quarterbacks seven times. Sophomore Noche Nwofer led the way with six tackles and three first-half sacks.

“We’re showing everyone what we are capable of,” Nwofer said. “We’re trying to put this conference and this school on notice that we are here and we play football.”

Glendale’s offense produced a balanced ratio between run and pass, amassing 570 total yards split almost down the middle with 292 rushing and 278 passing, highlighted by quarterback Sean Murphy’s four touchdown passes.

“Offensively, we kept the pressure on,” Rome said, “and defensively, even without a lot of turnovers, they played very, very well. They stopped the run. We stopped what [the Cougars] do best. I’m proud of our defense. I’m proud of our offense for running the ball.”

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