Golden West College has been playing football since the school opened in 1966, but didn’t have its first true home game until Saturday. Until the contest on the Huntington Beach campus this weekend, the Rustlers played at LeBard Stadium on the Orange Coast College campus in Costa Mesa.
Erecting temporary bleachers next to their new synthetic turf field, the Rustler athletic program arranged to have the game at home in observance of the school’s 50th anniversary. The celebration turned out fine, as GWC defeated Palomar College 35-23.
Adam Vance threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns for the Rustlers, and Gabriel Ford ran for 116 yards and one touchdown. Zimari Manning caught five passes, including two for touchdowns.
The win improved the Rustler record to 3-4 overall and 2-0 in conference play. Next up will be a game against district rival Orange Coast College at LeBard on Oct. 29.
Westminster roars past Orange
Orange and Westminster high schools continue to roll in different directions as the Golden West League football schedule unwinds. The Lions defeated the Panthers 35-27 Saturday at Fred Kelly Stadium on the El Modena campus. Jacob McGookin ran for five touchdowns in the win, which put WHS at 4-4 overall and 2-1 in league.
Orange, which won its first six games, is now 5-3 overall and 0-3 in league after forfeiting one victory and losing two GWL contests. Miguel Orendain passed for 168 yards for OHS, while JoJo Martinez added 119 more on the ground.
Chapman rolls over LaVerne
The Chapman University Panthers won their second contest in three games with a 30-7 win over LaVerne at the Orange campus. Ricky Bautista was again the star for Chapman (3-3 overall, 2-2 in conference play), passing for 236 yards and two touchdowns, plus running for a 37-yard score. Jacob Isabel was his favorite receiver, catching seven passes for 126 yards and one score. The Panthers are next in action Oct. 29 at Cal Lutheran.