VALLEY OF THE
Saturday -- December 6, 2003 --
Hanhila Stadium at Glendale Community College
(AZ) def. Hutchinson C.C. (KS) - 41-17
Following is a story on the game by Mr. Jose E. Garcia of The
Arizona Republic. Please visit the site of the Republic for
continuous coverage of the Phoenix area.
Glendale Captures Valley of the
by Jose E. Garcia - The Arizona Republic - Dec. 7, 2003
Going into its last game of the year, Glendale Community College's
football program felt a bit unappreciated.
While some of the Valley's high-profile football teams continue
to struggle, Glendale College keeps winning in obscurity. But on
Saturday, plenty of fans and several high school recruits were on
hand to witness one of the Valley's hidden football assets end yet
another successful season at home in the 23rd installment of the
Valley of the Sun Bowl.
Glendale College whipped Hutchinson (Kan.) 41-17 to win the program's
eighth Valley of the Sun Bowl, the most by any junior college team
in Maricopa County.
"This is a pretty darn good football team, one of the better
ones we've had," said Glendale College coach Joe Kersting,
whose team finished with a 9-2 record.
Coming off a three-week break, it took a while for the Western
States Football League's top-ranked offense to break away from a
freshmen-dominated Hutchinson team, No. 13 in the nation.
Wide receiver Gary Snyder provided a lift when he reached out between
two defenders to haul in a 49-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass with
no time remaining in the second quarter, stretching Glendale's lead
But Glendale failed to cash in on the momentum, turning the ball
over on its first two drives of the second half.
The game's Most Valuable Player, Glendale running back Ramel McIntosh,
capped a 10-play drive in the third quarter with a 1-yard run to
give the Gauchos a 31-10 lead.
Joe Tantarelli kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 34-10, and
defensive lineman Levi Brooks returned a 56-yard interception for
a touchdown to complete the scoring.
Glendale's defense forced five turnovers, turning three of them
"Not to take anything away from (Glendale), but that was as
poorly as we've played all year," said first-year Hutchinson
coach Craig Jersild, whose team finished 7-4.