By Jonathan Castro
Happy about last season’s 8-3 record, first year Head Coach Steve Mojarro and his Huskies are ready to come back for the 2012-13 season.
The Husky football team finished their best season since 1974, by winning the American Bowl over the Santa Monica College Corsairs 42-28. Mojarro is pleased that 22 players from last year’s Mountain Conference Championship team will be returning.
In addition, 10 more recruits are expected to join the gridiron. Mojarro must now look ahead to a season full of challenges such as the budget cuts to the school and its athletic programs. Due to budget cuts, the team will only carry 80 players as opposed to last year’s roster of 120.
In the long run this restraint may have an effect on the team, but Mojarro is feeling optimistic about his training staff and will rely heavily on them to keep the team healthy. “It was something we were already planning for and have prepared ourselves from previous seasons,” said Mojarro.
Mojarro believes with leadership from returning players like starting quarterback Aaron Cantu, who was the Mountain Conference Player of the Year. Also First-Team linebacker Hector Cazales, and First-Team center Alberto Perez will make a big impact.
Next season, the Huskies will be making the transition from competing in Division three to Division two. Although the Huskies are coming in with a younger coaching staff, Mojarro believes the staff will bring experience to the locker room.
Defensive Coordinator, Nick Cuccia and Offensive Coordinator, Nick Garret, both have experience at the university level.
The Huskies are ranked as the number three seed in their division behind Chaffey and Southwestern colleges, despite winning their conference last season. “This only gives the team and coaching staff more motivation to work harder to repeat and show everyone wrong,” said Mojarro.
With experienced returners and coaches, Mojarro is excited to welcome the newcomers into the program, and feels that it will be an easy transition for the new freshmen. Mojarro stresses his goal is to get his student-athletes their associates of arts degree.
He also wants to get them to a four year school where they can continue to succeed. Mojarro wants these young men to represent East Los Angeles College both in the classroom and on the field, at the next level.
One of Mojarro’s goals this season is to have the student body show up to football games. He wants the students to represent the school with pride and spirit.
In addition, Mojarro would like the students to attend and participate at the homecoming event. He wants to pitch ideas to the members of the Associated Student Union so that homecoming can be a special day for all of ELAC.
The Huskies would love for spectators to come watch the games at Weingart Stadium to support the team and experience the college atmosphere.