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Glendale Community College football hands out top honors

Football: Linebacker Noche Nwofer is named Vaqueros' most valuable player, while D'Angelo Blake is academic performance MVP.

November 12, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • GCC sophomore linebacker Noche Nwofer, here picking up a sack vs. West Los Angeles on Oct. 19, was named his team's MVP as was announced at Tuesday's Glendale Quarterbacks Club. (Raul Roa/File Photo)
GCC sophomore linebacker Noche Nwofer, here picking…

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 10th meeting of the year.

VAQUEROS HONOR TWO STANDOUTS

Glendale Community College assured itself its first winning season since 2007 when it posted a 24-17 victory against host Santa Barbara on Saturday in a Pacific Conference American Division contest.

Two players who have stood out regularly for the Vaqueros throughout the season and helped lead the team’s resurgence are sophomore linebacker Noche Nwofer and sophomore wide receiver/safety D’Angelo Blake, both of whom were honored during Tuesday’s meeting.

The Vaqueros' most valuable player, as voted on by the team's coaching staff, was awarded to Nwofer.

The recipient for academic performance went to Blake, who sports a 3.0 grade-point average.

“It’s rewarding to see two guys like this who are doing so well,” Rome said. “They’ve meant a lot to the teams with their leadership.”

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Glendale (6-3, 4-2 in the division) will meet host L.A. Pierce (7-2, 5-1) in a regular season division finale at 7 p.m. Saturday with the winner advancing to a bowl game. Santa Monica College (7-2, 6-0) is in first place, but is ineligible for bowl consideration this season.

The Vaqueros last won a conference championship in 2005, when they split the Western State Conference Pacific Division crown with Citrus College. Glendale last appeared in a bowl game in 2006, when it recorded a 23-14 win against visiting Santa Ana in the Western State Bowl.

ON THE ROAD TO CULVER CITY

Following the last two weeks of the regular season, the St. Francis High football team went from being undefeated to losing a pair of Mission League road contests against powerhouses Gardena Serra and Chaminade. Still, the Golden Knights had already locked up a playoff berth following the eighth week.

While St. Francis lost some traction down the stretch, it will look to regain its grip when it meets host Culver City at 7 p.m. Friday in a CIF Southern section Western Division first-round contest.

St. Francis suffered a 56-35 defeat against Chaminade on Friday.

St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds said the Golden Knights will look to get back on track.

“We are excited about going to Culver City,” said Bonds, whose team is 8-2. “They come out of the Ocean League and they were 1-4 going into league before winning five in a row to win league.

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