By Andrew Ruiz
East Los Angeles College’s football home opener against Santa Barbara City College resulted in a 45-13 loss Sept. 27 at Weingart Stadium.
The Huskies play at El Camino College Compton Center Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. Both teams are winless.
The Huskies, who got a total of six false start penalties against SBCC, were their own enemies in the loss.
“The thing about it is they’re drive killers. Some of these kids are anxious and they’re trying to make big plays, so that’s where they end up jumping,” Huskies Head Coach Steve Mojarro said.
“It’s one of those things if we leave the game in the hands of the officials, then we’ll be like every other person who complains. We got to make sure we execute and leave no doubt that the referees don’t throw any penalties.”
After ELAC freshman quarterback Michael Ladino threw an interception in the first quarter, the Vaqueros responded after Brandon Edwards threw a screen pass to sophomore running back Cedric Cooper for a 65-yard touchdown.
Edwards, a freshman from Seattle, completed 17-of-25 passes for 183 yards with one interception.
The Huskies caught momentum in the second quarter as Ladino threw a bomb to Joshua Taylor followed by a Ladino quarterback sneak at the 5:39 mark to put the Huskies on the board.
Turnovers for the Huskies were also a huge factor. Running back Namaan Young fumbled the ball with less than a minute left, in the second quarter, which resulted in a Will Allen touchdown for the Vaqueros. The Huskies finished the game with five turnovers.
With 26 seconds to go in the first half, the Huskies answered back with an 85-yard drive. The drive included a 48-yard run from Randolph followed by Ladino and Taylor connecting once again for a touchdown pass.
The 37-yard Husky touchdown cut the SBCC’s lead at the half to 28-13.
SBCC came out of the gate in the second half to make a statement when sophomore running back Orion Prescott scored an 8-yard run to put the Vaqueros up 35-13. Prescott led the Vaqueros in rushing yards with 48 on 11 carries.
Offensively, the Huskies couldn’t get into a groove in the second half due to several penalties. The false start penalties continued and Ladino threw another interception in the third quarter, finishing the game with three.
“It’s a lot faster,” Ladino said on the style of play and making the transition from high school to the collegiate level.
“The windows are a little tighter than what they’re supposed to be, but I just got to be ready for what’s coming next.”
“They’re a real good team and they’re coached up. Our focus with these guys is to correct all the mistakes we’re doing and just build on the positives,” Mojarro said.
“We’ve been through this before and we got to make sure we keep building on this, get the kids in the right direction and making sure our kids are mentally and physically prepared for this game.”