With its longest trip of the season on deck, the Glendale Community College football team is in search of offense and its first win of the season.
Glendale will make a 180-mile round trip journey to the Inland Empire to meet Mount San Jacinto in a nonconference contest at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Temperatures are expected to reach about 90 degrees, fueling Glendale’s thirst for victory and to curb its woes on offense.
“It’s been a work in progress and we’re trying to find some consistency on offense,” said Glendale 10th-year coach John Rome, whose team dropped to 0-2 following a 49-7 nonconference home defeat against Chula Vista Southwestern College on Saturday. “We’re very young at a lot of the skill positions and we’re banged up a bit right now. We’re hoping to get some guys back in time for Saturday. We need to be better on the offensive line to have a chance.”
Glendale has scored a combined 17 points in its first two games against Golden West and Southwestern. The Vaqueros finished with 124 yards of offense against Southwestern and their lone score came when defensive lineman Augie Saucedo scored on a 33-yard fumble recovery late in the fourth quarter.
Glendale freshman quarterback Michael Bonds, a St. Francis High graduate, completed 14 of 38 passes for 101 yards. The Vaqueros were limited to 23 rushing yards in 26 carries.
“We need to tighten up some things to help us get going,” Rome said. “We need to get our confidence going when we have the ball.”
Southwestern, which finished with 409 yards of offense, held a 14-0 halftime lead before extending the lead to 35-0 after the third quarter.
Mt. San Jacinto began its season Saturday with a 30-21 nonconference road win against Compton. The Eagles rolled up 376 yards of offense and limited Comptoin to 135. Mt. San Jacinto built a 30-7 lead in the fourth quarter before seeing Compton score two late touchdowns.
Mt. San Jacinto quarterback Sheriron Jones had an impressive performance, completing 20 of 32 passes for 236 yards. Jones tossed four touchdown passes, including two to Daniel Singer.
Lanii Jackson-Barrow and Andrew Berry finished with 10 and nine tackles, respectively, for the Eagles.
It will mark the fourth straight season the Vaqueros and Eagles will meet. Mount San Jacinto registered a 21-19 win at Glendale last season, sending the Vaqueros to 0-3 and eventually 3-7. Mt. San Jacinto picked up a 43-30 win at Glendale in 2015 after Glendale earned a 30-8 win at Mt. San Jacinto in 2014.