Artichokes open season with victory over Gauchos

Artichokes open the season with a dominant performance against the Gauchos 37-7.


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Artichokes run the ball downfield against the Gauchos

Zach Cerepanya, Reporter/SCC

The SCC Fighting Artichokes defeated the Glendale Community College Gauchos on Sept. 2 in the season opener 37-7. In a game that looked to be competitive in the first quarter, both teams traded early scores to make it 7-7.

The game was back and forth with both teams not letting go of momentum. But an explosive 53-yard screen play pass from quarterback Grayson Barry to his wide-out Devin Neal put the Artichokes up 14-7 as the team got into their rhythm. Barry, who was responsible for passing three touchdowns and one quarterback sneak, was impressive in his debut, as head coach Doug Madoski was happy with his quarterback’s performance.

“His poise with it, he didn’t panic he didn’t rattle, as a freshman you never know what you’re going to get,” Madoski said.

The Artichokes started to pull away in the second half and began to exert their dominance over the Gauchos. Scottsdale seemed to score anyway they wanted from special teams, to the passing game, along with an efficient run game. Both sides of the Artichokes game started to show what they can do. Artichoke defense throughout the second half held the Gauchos to three-and-outs while the offense moved the ball down the field.

“Our offense feeds off our defense and our defense feeds off our offense,” Barry said.

Scottsdale would lastly add a late field goal to put the final score 37-7 and the Artichokes first win this year. Last season, the Artichokes had a disappointing record of 2-7 and the team looks to improve from last season as they showed they can in this game.

Madoski was clear about one one thing when he was asked what the team needs to improve on.

“Everything [needs improving] but rather be 1-0 than 0-1.”

The Artichokes look to continue their early season success as they take on Phoenix College on the road next week on Sept. 9.