By Eli LOCKE
On Saturday, the Vaqueros of Glendale Community College faced a tough opponent against the Pasadena City College Lancers.
The Vaqueros failed to beat PCC in recent years with last year’s 41-20 loss still fresh on the minds of many. However, the wound remains open as Glendale suffered another loss to Pasadena 49-28.
Former Falcon players were found on both teams. Glendale saw Sam Campbell, who graduated CV in 2010 with an average of 4 tackles per game and 32 tackles overall, and Nick Leon who graduated in 2009 with an average of 6.7 tackles and 20 assists.
Playing for the Lancers was 2011 CV graduate Bryan Luna who averaged 8.5 tackles per game and 68 total tackles for the 2010 season.
The Vaqueros started the game on defense as Lancers quarterback Justin Posthuma, a 2010 St. Francis graduate, threw for a touchdown to give the Pasadena a one touchdown lead. Despite a strong start on offense, the Vaqs were eventually forced to punt, giving the ball back to the Lancers, who drove down the field for another touchdown.
The first half continued with the Vaqueros driving down the field before turning the ball over, allowing the Lancers to obtain a 28-0 lead with just a few minutes left in the half. But the Vaqueros rallied, scoring two touchdowns to bring the score to 28-14. The Vaqs attempted to squeeze one more touchdown out of the half, but a turnover left the Lancers with a few seconds on the clock – just enough time for Posthuma to throw for yet Vanother touchdown, bringing the score to 35-14.
In the second, the Lancers would score two more times before the Vaqueros finished the night scoring with a late-game touchdown.
The Vaqueros made mistakes both offensively and defensively, but Glendale Coach John Rome said the team plans to “regroup, get stronger, and get better.”
Golden West College hosts the next game for the Vaqs on Saturday at 7 p.m.