By nature, junior college football teams consist of journeymen players--those who after high school were passed up by major colleges.
Glendale College Coach Jim Sartoris has spent the past two seasons making major college recruiters look foolish. The Vaqueros have had 10-1 records in each of the past two seasons and 18 players from last year's team received scholarships to four-year programs.
But inevitably, a junior college program goes dry, if only for a while.
"It's a new team every year," said Sartoris, whose Vaqueros have lost their first two games--the first while being ranked No. 1 in Southern California by the JC Athletic Bureau. "We're having to rely on kids just out of high school to compete."
Of the losses, he said: "We knew it could happen with a young team."
One of Glendale's problems is a suspect defensive secondary. In the opener, El Camino quarterback Dan Speltz completed 20 of 29 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns in a 36-19 win. Last week, Fullerton beat Glendale, 21-14, but didn't control the skies as easily as did El Camino.