By Nick Spooner
The Glendale Community College football team was defeated, 26-0, by the Arizona Western Community College Matadors at GCC Saturday, Oct. 28.
“I thought they played hard. I was really happy with the defense especially. If we would have done anything at all offensively in the first half, it might have been a different game,” Gauchos head coach Mickey Bell said.
The Gauchos were held to under 200 yards of offense in the game, and quarterback Akil Abdullah threw two interceptions.
“They have a lot of athletic guys on defense, they have a lot of athletes on their team, they force you to play your best game and we just didn’t tonight,” Bell said.
The Gauchos trailed 13-0 at the half and were unable to maintain any sustained drive on offense.
“It’s just a matter of making plays, and we just didn’t do that tonight. The defense and special teams played well enough to win, but offensively we just didn’t execute,” Bell said.
Despite the offensive struggles, coach Bell was pleased with the way his special teams played.
“[The special teams] did a great job, I thought: punt pro was great, punt coverage was good, kick return was good. I thought our special teams were really good,” Bell said.
The Matadors running attack proved to be the difference in the game as Arizona Western amassed over 300 yards on the ground. Greg Bell played well for the Matadors and amassed over 200 yards and scored two of the teams four touchdowns.
The Gauchos have a short week this week because their next game is on a Friday instead of a Saturday.
“We just have to make plays when they are there. Pima is just like [Arizona Western] defensively. They can create problems, so we just have to get better,” Bell said.
The Gauchos’ next game is on Friday Nov. 3 at Pima Community College. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.