The GCC football team won its last game of the regular season Oct. 18th with a shutout victory over Phoenix College 31-0. The victory will bring the Gauchos’ record to 5-3, concluding the regular season in fourth place in the Western States Football League (WSFL) conference and earning a conference playoff spot. GCC re-entered the NJCAA polls after their victory at #20
The Gauchos will take on Arizona Western College in Yuma in the first round having already suffered defeat earlier this season 50-47. Arizona Western will enter the contest with an 8-1 record, ranked #10 nationally.
In a shutout victory, the Gauchos offense was truly the story of the day. Jeff Kidd had a good game, throwing for 205 yards. An interception thrown to Dontavious Heard was the lowest point for Kidd, who completed more than half his passes. It was a balanced air attack as well, with seven different receivers catching a pass. Kidd will conclude the season with 1160 yards and 12 touchdowns, having missed two games of the year. Sophomore Roland Genesy, who ran for 192 yards, once again led the ground game and three scores. Genesy will fall just short on his millennium mark, amassing 989 yards through this season, also adding eleven touchdowns. Corey Brown also added 61 yards on the ground for the Gauchos, while Deryn McGee added a late touchdown.
The focus of the Bears’ attack was through quarterback A.J. Thigpen, who threw for 190 yards and an interception. The rushing attack for Phoenix was nearly non-existent, with their leading rusher only gaining 27 yards on the ground. Israel Simpson led the team in receiving yards with 79.
The defense proved its worth, only allowing 257 yards for the game. The team forced three fumbles from the Phoenix Bears, recovering two of them. Darren Dorsey led the team in tackles with six, however the man of the hour turned out to be lineman Jared Tuilagi. The sophomore sacked Thigpen three times, adding to 3 tackles.
The Bears ended their long season in front of their home crowd without winning a single game finishing at 0-9.
Glendale will look to regroup before their rematch with Arizona Western on Nov. 1st. The Matadors will enter the game off of a win against non-conference Air Force Prep 34-6. They will look for consistent play from their quarterback platoon Cid Stevens and Trenton Hosick. The other WSFL conference matchup will be between Scottsdale and Snow College.