Going into their season finale against L.A. Pierce College Saturday, there are several things that the members of the Glendale Community College will try to accomplish.
They range from trying to win their first home game to attempting to derail Pierce’s bid to gain a piece on the American Conference Pacific Division championship.
Both figure to be tall tasks for Glendale, which will meet Pierce at 1 p.m. at Sartoris Field.
“It’s been a frustrating season, but there’s still the pride factor that comes into play and trying to finish up strong at home,” said Rome, whose team is 2-7, 0-6 in the division for last place. “We haven’t quit and we know we have a battle on our hands against Pierce.
“We have a young team, and we tend to make the same mistakes over and over. It’s tough when you always seem to be playing behind the eight ball.”
The Vaqueros have lost six games in a row, including a 36-18 division home loss against Santa Barbara on Saturday. Glendale dropped to 0-4 at home.
Pierce is 7-2, 6-1 and tied with Antelope Valley for second place in the division behind Santa Monica. Pierce suffered a 50-47 loss against Santa Monica on Saturday, ending a six-game winning streak. Pierce, ranked 18th in Southern California in the latest California Community College Regional State Football Poll, has scored at least 30 points in eight of its first nine contests.
The Brahmas are led by quarterback Nick Arbuckle, who has completed 195 of 295 passes for 3,028 yards and 33 touchdowns to lead the division. He completed 43 of 77 passes for 631 yards and six touchdowns against Santa Monica.
Glendale has a standout offensive threat of its own in running back Collin Keoshian, who rushed for 184 yards in 27 carries and one touchdown against Santa Barbara. Keoshian, who transferred to Glendale from College of the Canyons after previously playing at Brigham Young University, has rushed for a division-leading 977 yards in 180 carries. He’s tied with Santa Monica’s Myles Johnson for the conference lead in rushing touchdowns with nine.
Pierce is averaging 515 yards of total offense per game, compared to 273 by Glendale.
Rome said freshman quarterback Ki Bae will start. Bae, who took over the starting signal-calling responsibilities near the midway point of the season, completed 15 of 33 passes for 131 yards against Santa Barbara. He tossed a touchdown and an interception.
“Since the spring, I’ve really liked his competitiveness,” Rome said. “I also like his grasp of handling the offense.”