While the members of the Glendale Community College football team certainly aren't looking to duplicate their fortunes of 2012, they will most assuredly have familiarity on their sides in 2013.
The Vaqueros will play the same teams they competed against last season, when they went 2-8 and 0-7 in the Pacific Conference's American Division. There's one exception, as the sites will rotate.
Glendale will play its five home games at Sartoris Field, including three conference games. Three of its first four games will be at home, beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 with a nonconference battle against Compton.
Glendale college Coach John Rome would like to see the Vaqueros begin a winning tradition at home.
"We've had a tough time winning at home lately," said Rome, whose team went 0-5 at home last season. "Hopefully, we will get some better results and make it a more pleasant experience.
"We like the idea that we are beginning the season at home. We think we can succeed at home because we have a lot of returners and some more depth than we've had the last couple of seasons."
The Vaqueros posted a 27-10 win against the Tartars last season.
"That will be a good test for us coming right out of the shoot," Rome said. "It's the first week of the season and you have guys on both teams trying to prove themselves.
"Compton should be improved and they have a new coach, so they might change some different things up."
The Vaqueros will then hit the road for a nonconference game at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 against San Bernardino Valley, which cruised to a 35-0 win against the Vaqueros last season.
Rome said San Bernardino Valley plays a similar type game to some of the teams in Glendale's division.
"It's going to be a physical game and a great matchup to help prepare you [for the division]," Rome said. "That's a great area for football and you know they will play hard all of the time."
Glendale will then conclude nonconference play with a home game against San Diego Mesa at 6 p.m. Sept. 21. The Vaqueros recorded a 31-19 road win last year against San Diego Mesa before ending the season on a seven-game losing streak, all in the division.
Rome said the Vaqueros at least won't have to make the journey to San Diego this season.
"That's a real long trip to take, so we are glad they are coming here this time around," Rome said. "They have a first-class coach in Henry Browne and he has his team always ready, so it should be a great test before heading into conference. They like to typically run a pro-style offense."
The Vaqueros will then kick off the divisional portion of their schedule with a home game against Antelope Valley at 6 p.m. Sept. 28. Antelope Valley registered a 24-12 home win against Glendale last season.
Glendale and Antelope Valley were involved in a tight battle in last season's meeting before Antelope Valley pulled away in the second half.
"It's your division opener and you try to go out there and set the tone," Rome said. "We had a good game against them last year and we are expecting the same thing again.
"When you play them, you know it's going to be a good physical game."
Things don't expect to get any easier for the Vaqueros, who will then meet Santa Monica in a division road game at 1 p.m. Oct. 5.