"It feels very great because everybody this year has put in a lot of effort in the spring and summer," said Glendale running back Joe Wiggan, who led the team's 217-yard rushing attack with 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 22 carries. "It starts in the weight room and it ends on the field, but it feels good to see all your work actually pay off and it feels good to see your family enjoy the victory together as a unit."
Coach John Rome added, "It was the best feeling to see the faces of these young men and they've worked so hard."
The visitors trailed early, 3-0, on a 37-yard field goal by Adam Maisch with 6:20 left in the first quarter, but from there it was all Glendale (1-7, 1-3 in conference). On 22 total plays, Glendale drove 66 and 63 yards, respectively, for two first-half scores to take a 14-3 lead into the halftime break.
Wiggan scored on a five-yard run with 43 seconds remaining in the first period and Omar Barrera-Sanchez punched one in from a yard out with 3:25 left in the half.
Wiggan's second score of the night, a three-yard run, finished off a 10-play, 55-yard march to open the third quarter and Timothy Broughton got in on the scoring with a four-yard run to cap a 12-play, 47-yard drive and put Glendale up, 28-3, with 1:18 left in the third.
"It was a very, very complete win," said Rome, whose team entered the contest ranked 12th in the state in rushing offense with 198.3 yards per game. "We really moved the ball well on the ground."
Santa Barbara (0-9, 0-5) didn't score again until the early seconds of the fourth quarter, when Tyson Heller found Dominic Lasco for a 19-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-10, as the Glendale defense held strong for most of the night.