By Nick Spooner
The Glendale Community College football team was defeated, 55-22, in their home opener by the Phoenix College Bears Sept. 16, dropping their season record to 0-4.
“At times, we played well, but we had a lot of mental mistakes. We have got to take care of those. We will come to practice Monday ready to work, watch some film, see what we did wrong and try to do better next time,” sophomore wide receiver, Brian Smith, said.
The Gauchos struggled to get off to a fast start, trailing 21-3 at the end of the first quarter and facing a subsequent uphill battle the rest of the way.
“We had too many mistakes offensively, fumbles, missed snaps, just stuff that we cant do,” Gauchos head coach, Mickey Bell, said.
The Gauchos offense had difficultly moving the ball at times and were plagued by turnovers with four on the night.
“We were just so erratic at times in all phases of the game. The problem there is then you start trying to overcompensate in one other area to make up for that. Then, everybody starts pressing too hard to make a play,” Bell said.
The Gauchos were able to mount a small comeback in the middle stages of the game, even outscoring the Bears 6-3 in the third quarter, but by that time the 25 point deficit was to much to overcome.
“The key to coming back was tempo. Their defense got tired, looked like they were unconditioned. All we could do was get on the ball and get off the ball quicker,” Smith said.
“All we can do to get back in it is to do what we can do and not try to make things happen that aren’t there,” Coach Bell said.
With the victory on Saturday night, Phoenix College completes the season sweep against GCC, going 2-0 against the Gauchos this season.
At half time, the Gauchos also held a special celebration as they welcomed back 38 members of the 1967-68 team for their 50-year reunion. 1967 was the first year that GCC had a football team.