GCC dominates for 52-29 victory over Phoenix

Gauchos win possible final home game at Matt O. Hanhila Stadium
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BY DARRELL JACKSON, Glendale Star Reporter

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GCC linebacker Robert Westbrook defends a pass to Phoenix’s Andre Adams in the first half.

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GCC defender Quintin Estice races down the field after intercepting a pass for a 57-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

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The GCC team huddles on the sideline just before kickoff of the possible final home game for the team.

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GCC’s Matt Mendez (45) and Treyvon Williams nearly block a punt by Phoenix’s Nate Hollins in the first quarter.

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GCC’s Tanner Hawthorne (52) and Rashie Hodge make a stop of Phoenix’s Cameron Brice in the first quarter.

 

“Our offensive line is probably the strongest part of our team, with maybe five to seven kids that can play Division I football,” GCC head coach Michael Bell said. “We are really doing the things we need to right now and playing strong.”

In what may be the final home football game at Glendale Community College, the Gauchos sent hundreds of fans home happy after a 52-28 victory over Phoenix College Nov. 3 at Matt O. Hanhila Stadium.
After a nearly two-hour delay because no referees were on site, the Gauchos opened the game with a stop of the Phoenix offense before their offense started rolling on their first drive.
Running back Dexter Carter carried the ball six times on a seven-play drive, culminating when he took a handoff, raced up the middle, breaking two tackles and racing 26 yards for a touchdown with 8:27 left in the first quarter.
“Carter has been playing really well the past few games, is really running strong the past few games,” GCC head coach Michael Bell said.
After the Gauchos defense came through with a three-and-out for Phoenix, the Gauchos offense wasted little time, when on the second play, quarterback Elijah Lorence dropped back and was nearly sacked before escaping the sack and rolling to his left.
With two defenders chasing him out of the pocket, Lorence lofted a pass down the field to a wide open Andrew Banks who pulled the ball in, spun around a defender driving toward him, and raced into the end zone for a 54-yard touchdown to put GCC up 14-0.
“Our offensive line is probably the strongest part of our team, with maybe five to seven kids that can play Division I football,” Bell said. “We are really doing the things we need to right now and playing strong.”
Maybe feeling a little left out in the early part of the game, the defense stepped up in the final seconds of the first quarter.
As Phoenix was at midfield, quarterback Cameron Yowell dropped back to pass. As three defenders pressured, he fired a pass that was picked off by the Gauchos’ Quintin Estice. Estice turned around, cut up the middle, missing two tacklers, and raced 74 yards down the sideline for a touchdown.
Lorence had his best game as a Gaucho, completing 10 of 19 passes for 202 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Carter finished with 192 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the Gauchos victory.
Phoenix quarterback Yowell passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns, but was also intercepted twice as the Gauchos (possibly) closed Matt O. Hanhila Stadium with a victory.
Three different receivers caught touchdown passes for the Gauchos, led by Raymond Pauwels, who grabbed four passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. Andrew Banks scored on a 64-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and Jeared Beamon caught two passes for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Estice, who scored on the 74-yard interception, and Michael Woods each picked off Yowell, and Jacob Franklin, Wyatt Chapman and Angel Hutchison each had a sack.
“I had to move (Woods) from receiver to defense and he has been playing really well on defense for us,” Bell said. “As we head into the final gam, we will be facing a strong team and just need to play our game.”
GCC (3-7 overall, 2-4 in Western States Football league) ends the season 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at Scottsdale Community College (6-3, 3-3).

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