An injured quarterback who struggled in his first start will step
in as the starter.
A receiver will be converted into a starting running back, as will
A linebacker will become a starting offensive lineman.
And two tight ends will be sidelined with injuries that have
plagued an inexperienced team.
This wasn’t the formula for success that Glendale Community
College Coach John Cicuto was looking for.
The Vaqueros -- who lost to host Pasadena City College, 55-14, on
Sept. 14. in their season opener -- will try to rebounded from a
devastating loss when it faces San Bernardino Valley College at 1
p.m. today at Moyse Field.
“We’ll hopefully get squared away by conference time,” said GCC
Coach John Cicuto, whose team starts Western State Conference
Mountain Division play against visiting Citrus on Sept. 28.
Which means, don’t be surprised if the Vaqueros lose again.
The Vaqueros are hurting.
Starting quarterback J.D. Ziska has bruised kidneys, but will
still play, starting running backs Kartrell Clayton and Tyrone
Burwell both have knee problems and won’t play, starting tight end
Oscar Giangrasso will miss the game because of a groin injury and
reserve tight end Ulisis Ceja won’t play because of an ankle injury.
“We have no control over injuries and when that hits you, it
knocks you back,” Cicuto said.
GCC is also inexperienced with 67 new players.
“We’re still trying to find the best 22 players to put on the
field,” Cicuto said. "[Our game against PCC] showed the freshmen what
this level is all about.”
And the Vaqueros are still adjusting their offense.
Receiver David Catchings -- who caught two passes for nine yards
against the Lancers -- will share time with converted cornerback
Willie Latham in the backfield.
Converted linebacker Mike Ruiz will move to the center position on
the offensive line, replacing Joe Comaianni, who switches to tackle.
The Vaqueros will try anything to improve on a lackluster
GCC had just 117 yards of total offense against PCC.
The Lancers racked up 357 rushing yards and 182 passing yards
against a poor-tackling unit.
"[Football] is not that hard,” Cicuto said. “It’s about blocking
and tackling. We missed so many easy opportunities to tackle [PCC’s]
running backs and we didn’t do it.
“We’ve worked a lot on fundamentals. We’ve tried to keep things a
“We have to improve on the little things to have success.”
San Bernardino Valley lost to Riverside Community College, 27-17,
on Sept. 14. Wolverine starting quarterback Cody Fisher was just five
for 25 for 90 yards and an interception.
Donte Jackson led the rushing core with a paltry 65 yards. Cedrick
Baker contributed 57 yards on the ground.
This much is certain for GCC.
“This is a better match-up for us than PCC,” Cicuto said.
Which can only be a good thing.