Glendale Wins One For Rome

Sean McGowan
El Vaquero Staff Writer

Assistant football coach John Rome got his revenge against Citrus College, his former employer, with a 30-25 win on Saturday.

“It was nice to go to the place where people had been disloyal to me and leave victorious,” Rome said. “Everybody at Citrus College treated me with the utmost respect today. The perpetrator of my firing [the president of Citrus College] did not show his face at the game. Many players that I had formerly coached at Citrus College were shouting my name and cheering when the Vaqueros made plays.”

Glendale (1-2) played its best game of the season on both sides of the ball, and for the first time this year they didn?t commit a turnover. They rushed for 209 yards, with Kartrell Clayton leading the way with 87 yards. Quarterback Joe Kroells was 10-15 for 119 yards, and one touchdown. The defense held the Citrus offense to just 210 total yards. Carlos Coronado led the defense that held Citrus to 26 rushing yards on 25 carries. Coronado had three tackles, three sacks, nine hurries, and a blocked punt.

“Today I was proud of the running game, the execution, and the team in general,” coach John Cicuto said. “The team held on and fought when it would have been easy to give up.”

Glendale got on the board first when running back Wes Jones ran for seven yards, and a touchdown. Jones had 69 rushing yards, and touchdowns.

Citrus (0-3) tied the game at 7 when quarterback Jeremiah Rodriguez threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Nicholas Terrazas. Citrus then took at 9-7 lead when Glendale snapped the ball out the end zone on a punt attempt.

Citrus was ahead 15-14 going into the second quarter, and never held the lead again. In the second quarter, Glendale scored on a 44-yard run by Clayton, and also on a 24-yard field goal by Wilbur Martinez, and the Vaqueros had a 24-15 lead at half time.

Glendale held Citrus to only a 37-yard field goal, and a late touchdown in the second half. Glendale took their largest lead of the game when Jones ran for a one-yard touchdown run to take a 30-18 lead.

After the game, players and fans celebrated on the field chanting: “Whose House is it? Rome?s House.”