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Glendale Community College football notches third straight win in downing L.A. Valley

Football: Vaqueros score all their points in the first half to earn 28-11 conference victory at home.

November 02, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Glendale News-Press

GLENDALE — After snapping lengthy losing streaks at home and in conference earlier this season, the Glendale Community College football team had things moving in a positive direction going into its final home game of the year, hosting American Division Pacific Conference foe Los Angeles Valley College.

The Vaqueros picked up even more positive momentum Saturday afternoon, playing a strong first half and then cruising to 28-11 victory over the Monarchs. With the win, Glendale has now built a three-game winning streak in conference, finishes with a 4-1 record at Sartoris Field and is now guaranteed to finish .500 or better no matter what the result of its final two games.

“It started out a lot easier, but there at the end we made it a little bit of a nail-biter, but I guess not really at 28-11,” Vaqueros Coach John Rome said.

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Glendale (5-3, 3-2 in conference) scored all of its points before halftime, spearheaded by the passing attack led by quarterback Sean Murphy and his three touchdown throws.

The Vaqueros got a quick stop from their defense to open the contest, then drove 82 yards in four plays for the game’s first points, capping the drive with a 47-yard touchdown throw from Murphy to Isaiah Bernard just 2:32 into the contest.

The defense scored next for the home team when Noche Nwofer, playing in his final game at Sartoris Field, sacked Monarch quarterback Emilio Rodriquez, causing a fumble that Marcus Tappan collected off the turf and returned 28 yards for a touchdown.

“Another great game at home, right?” Nwofer said. “We pulled it out though. We just hustled to the ball, did what we needed to do offensively. We just kind of took the foot off the gas in the second half, but we pulled it off.”

Late in the first quarter, Murphy, who had completions on his first six attempts, connected with running back Marquise McGuire on consecutive passes covering 25 yards and then 30 yards, the latter going for a touchdown with 3:50 to go.

The Vaqueros led, 21-0, after the first quarter, marking a 56-point swing from their game last season at L.A. Valley (3-5, 0-5) in which the Monarchs led, 35-0, after one quarter.

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