By Nick Spooner
The Glendale Community College Gauchos where defeated by the Snow College Badgers 64-17 in Ephraim, Utah Sept. 9.
“We showed some glimpses of things that we can hang our hat on and build on, but we just had too many guys that mentally were not ready to play this game,” Gauchos Head Coach Mickey Bell said.
“We need to focus on what we need to do to get better as a team and not do things as individuals,” Coach Bell said.
The Gauchos defense struggled against a very physical Badgers running attack as they surrendered over 400 yards on the ground. Badgers running back D’Arman Notoa amassed over 150 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns. He averaged over eight yards per carry.
The Gauchos also faced tenacious defense as they were capped at just 68 rushing yards on the night and were limited to 21 completions and 222 yards on 50 passing attempts according to accac.org. Heavy pressure and tight coverage really made things difficult on the Gauchos’ offense.
“We wanted to go in throwing the ball. The problem is we made some bad reads early, and those really hurt us. Late in the first half, we did start making those reads and making plays. But we had a lot of drops, and those really hurt us. We said coming into this game that we had to throw the football. They are to physical of a team for us not to. Our receivers have to come up and make those plays. We probably had 8-10 drops,” Coach Bell said.
Despite their struggles, the Gauchos were still able have a lot of success on special teams. The punting from Jack Rasmussen was solid, averaging over 30 yards per kick with a long of 45 and pined 2 inside the 10 according to accac.org.
The Gauchos also got several explosive plays in the return game Jared Beaman and Antwuan Woodberry. Both were able to make several big plays, including Woodberry’s electric 99 yard touchdown return in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 17.
“Our Special teams play has been pretty good. They are playing some good football: our kick coverage, our kicks and our PATs have all been good. Our punting has been good minus the one bad snap today – that really hurt us. He (Gauchos’ Long Snapper Matt Kerychuck) has been solid for the past two years. Other than that, I am really happy with the way our special teams have been playing. They are playing some good football,” coach Bell said.
The Gauchos got roughed up a bit in this game on the injury front. Starting quarterback Jon Brown left the game in the second quarter with a rib injury after being sacked on a second down play. He is likely out, but until X-rays get back his status is unknown Coach Bell said.
Freshman Defensive Lineman Angel Hutchison left tonight’s game with a knee injury late in the second half. The severity of that injury is also unknown at this time.
The Gauchos will take on Phoenix College Bears in their next game Sept. 16. The Gauchos lost their last meeting with the Bears in the season opener 21-14. This game will also be the 50 year reunion for the Gauchos’ 1967 football team. 1967 was GCC’s inaugural football season.