Vaquero Football Team Aiming for Western State Conference Title

VIOLETA ARRAZOLA
El Vaquero Sports Editor

Charging through a five-game winning streak, and with only two more games remaining in the regular season, the Vaquero football team, which has an overall record of 6-2 and is 4-1 in the Western State Conference South, have a good shot at the WSC South championship and a bowl playoff.

The Vaqueros, who haven’t made a bowl appearance since 2001 when they beat Fullerton College, are currently tied for first place with Citrus College, which has taken the crown for the past two years. That might not happen again for the Owls this year, because the Vaqueros, who beat them 40-34 on Oct. 22, have been unstoppable this season and are showing no signs of slowing down.

“I feel blessed to have a team like this this year,” said head coach John Cicuto, who is in his 17th year as head coach and 31st year of coaching at GCC. “This is the top group that has
come through for the program
in 20 years.”

Cicuto credits his team for not only doing an impressive, hard-working job on the field, but also off the field academically. “They accept the philosophy the school comes first-their attitude is great and that has really been successful to the team,” said Cicuto.

The team has been led by sophomore quarterback Steve Martinez, who just last week guided his team to a triple overtime win over West Los Angeles College with a score of 56-54.

Other contributing players have been sophomore wide receiver Darion Donelly, who leads the team with ten touchdowns; sophomore defensive lineman Jason Bonwell, who broke the all-time team sack record of 17; freshman running back Jamal Rashad who filled in for injured running back Samuel Ledford and has rushed for 1031 yards; and freshman defensive back Matt Patterson, who had 10 tackles in the game against West L.A. College last Saturday.

The Vaqueros next game is Saturday against Santa Monica College at 5 p.m. This will be Glendale’s last home game of the regular season.

On Nov.12 the Vaqueros will play their last game of the regular season against East Los Angeles College.