Artichokes spoil homecoming, Gauchos drop to 0-6

By Nick Spooner

Sports Editor

The Glendale Community College football team had their homecoming spoiled with a 47-24 loss to the Scottsdale Community College Artichokes Oct. 7.

“We played really well for three quarters but allowed two kicks to be returned for touchdowns that really killed us – it killed momentum. Two guys got out of their lanes, and it cost us,” Gaucho’s head coach Mikey Bell said.

The Gauchos were able to keep the game close for much of the first three quarters, only trailing 6-0 at the half and even taking a 14-13 lead after a four-yard touchdown run from Akil Abdullah. However, the lead would be short lived as Scottsdale’s Travon Harris took the following kickoff all the way back for his second touchdown return of the night. It would be all Scottsdale from that point forward as they went on to score 27 more second-half points for a total of 41 on the night.

The Gauchos Offense seemed to have a lot of success moving the ball between the twenties but struggled when they got into the red zone.

“We were able to get into a rhythm, but then we got down to the red zone and couldn’t capitalize. We had missed field goals, missed a couple of open receivers, so we need to improve there,” Bell said.

Brian Smith Jr. runs up-field after catching a pass from Akil Abdullah                                   Photo By: Nick Spooner

Coach Bell was frustrated with the two big kick returns his team surrendered in the third quarter.

“The two big kick returns really killed us. That was a momentum killer. It just killed us. I did not like some of the calls from the officials. They had a second and 15 and their guy is hiding on our DB, keeping him from picking an overthrown ball off, and they call pass interference on us. I didn’t like that, but that is football,” Bell said.

The play coach Bell brought up was when Antwuan Woodberry and a Scottsdale wide receiver were both going for a ball down the field. There was some hand fighting going on at the top of the route on both sides, but it was unclear who initiated it. The flag came in for pass interference against Woodberry.

“They are a good team. That is why they are 6-0 now. We didn’t get the stops when we needed to. We have to get better,” Bell said.

Also on the Saturday, the Gauchos also enshrined four individual players and the entire 1998 Volleyball team into the GCC hall of fame. Former football coach Joe Kersting, former basketball player Rond Davis, former cross country runner Scott Giddings and former baseball player Jeff Hudson were all inducted into the hall of fame at halftime of this game.

The Gauchos next game will be on the road against the Mesa Community College Thunderbirds Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. The Gauchos lost their last meeting to the Thunderbirds 66-61.

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