Road has been kind for Vaqueros

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE —- The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 70th year, meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the second meeting of the year.

KEOSHIAN CARRIES GCC TO WIN

Maybe the Glendale Community College football team should stick to playing its games on the road. Things have certainly worked out for the best for the Vaqueros, who improved to 2-1 with a 31-19 nonconference road victory against San Diego Mesa College on Saturday. It featured an impressive ground attack by tailback Collin Keoshian, who rushed for a school-record 326 yards and added three touchdowns to help the Vaqueros move to 2-0 on the road.

Keoshian, a transfer from College of the Canyons where he was a bounce back from Brigham Young University, scored on an 88-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter to give the Vaqueros a 17-12 advantage.

"He's been amazing, and we will continue to look for big things from him," Glendale college Coach John Rome said. "We played hard and fought until the end.

"We are trying to improve each week with this young group. We feel good about where we are, offensively and defensively."

Glendale college will stay on the road for another week. The Vaqueros will meet Antelope Valley College at 7 p.m. Saturday in an American Pacific Conference opener.

STILL REMEMBERING LONGTIME COACH

The stories continue to flow regarding Gordy Warnock, who led the Crescenta Valley High football team to the CIF Southern Section Division AAA championship in 1973. Warnock coached the Falcons from 1967-76 and 1979-84 before serving as an assistant for many years. He remained with the Falcons until his death in 2010 and was a longtime club member.

Leading up to Crescenta Valley's 48-21 nonleague home victory against neighbor La Cañada on Friday at Glendale High's Moyse Field, Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling and his assistants shared their memories before and after practice sessions with the current cast of Falcons, some who never met Warnock. The Crescenta Valley-La Cañada contest is dubbed the "Gordy Warnock Memorial Game."

"Gordy is a guy we will not forget," Schilling said. "We like to have our coaches tell stories about Gordy to our kids and help get them motivated.

"It's a tradition we'd like to keep doing because we will always want to remember him."

CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR FOR KNIGHTS

After opening the season with nonleague wins against Arcadia and Righetti, the St. Francis High football team faced its most difficult opponent of the season in La Mirada. St. Francis might have played arguably its best game of the season in a 28-21 road loss against La Mirada, according to Tony Zarrillo, the school's freshman coach.

Zarrillo, filling in for St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds at Tuesday's meeting, said the Golden Knights battled against talented La Mirada, ranked No. 2 in the latest CIF Southern Section Southeast Division poll.

"La Mirada has a team that's very complete, but I thought we did a nice job on both sides of the ball against them," Zarrillo said. "It came down to a late turnover by us when we were going in for either the tying or winning score.

"We didn't win, but it's a place to build on."

St. Francis, ranked No. 4 in the Western Division, will play its third straight road game this week. The Golden Knights (2-1) will meet West Ranch (1-3) in a nonleague game at 7 p.m. Friday at Valencia High.

charles.rich@latimes.com

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