Vaquero football notebook; Week 7

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CHAIDEZ TAKES BACK SEAT IN BACKFIELD

Early in the Glendale Community College football team’s season, Bellarmine-Jefferson High product Jorge Chaidez was the centerpiece of the Vaqueros’ running game, racking up 439 yards in the first three games, including his first career 200-yard game in a Sept. 12 win over East L.A. College.

But as the Vaqueros, losers of four in a row, have fallen on lean times, so has Chaidez. Supplanted in the backfield by Joe Wiggan and Willie Youngblood, Chaidez’s touches have dwindled and he’s averaged just 13 yards rushing per game on 21 carries in the last three contests. In Saturday’s 49-3 loss to Bakersfield College, Chaidez had a season-low eight yards on six carries.

“The other backs have asserted themselves and done a good job,” Glendale Coach John Rome said. “I think there was a time where Jorge was looking for cutbacks and looking for the big run and not hitting the hole and be willing to take the three- and four-yard gains. That kind of slowed him up and the other backs were willing to do that.”

Chaidez has remained a regular on special teams, returning two kicks for a total of 47 yards on Saturday.

PASSING GAME HAS PARTIAL BREAKTHROUGH

The Vaqueros passing offense has struggled in conference play, but picked up some steam against Bakersfield.

Sophomore quarterback Steve Miller completed 20 of 37 passes for 300 yards and several receivers had big nights. Eudell Clayton led the team with seven catches for 94 yards and Reinaldo Reyes caught two balls with one going for a 71-yard gain.

Miller also had two interceptions on a night when the team never got into the end zone.

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Written by Gabriel Rizk

October 27, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Posted in Sports

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