By Andrew Ruiz
The East Los Angeles College football team dominated El Camino College Compton Center 48-21 Sept. 27 in Compton to open up South Coast Conference play for both teams.
ELAC freshman quarterback Charles Ontiveros, who made his first college start and completed 16-of-24 passes for 268 yards, threw three touchdowns and one interception.
“It was awesome, man. A great feeling and my first college start,” Ontiveros said. “I looked forward to it and I’m ready to compete.”
Ontiveros also said despite getting the Huskies’ first win of the season, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done like throwing the deep ball and making the right reads.
Both teams came into the game winless, but ELAC Head Coach Steve Mojarro addressed his team before kick-off and made sure the Tartar’s record wasn’t taken for granted.
“I told these kids from the bottom of my heart that it’s one of those things where win or lose, the biggest thing they need to understand is that they’re representing our college,” Mojarro said.
“At the same time they’re representing it at the fullest and being 0-2 and (possibly) 0-3, (so) we told them not to take this team lightly.”
After a muffed punt in the first quarter that led to a 3-yard touchdown by Compton running back Anthony Dooms, the Tartars took an early 7-0 lead. The Huskies then dominated offensively and never trailed in the game.
ELAC sophomore wide receiver Alex Alvarez scores led Husky all receivers with two touchdowns.
Jonathan Major, Nathan Castaneda and Samuel Ogundipe each scored a touchdown for the Huskies combining for 423 yards.
“The coaches really worked hard to make sure they put the game plan together,” Mojarro said.
“The first two games didn’t go the way we planned them to be, but now we got this win for the kids and coaches. The smiles on the sidelines are a lot better than the last couple of weeks of the way we were feeling.”
The Tartar’s cut the lead down to 20 at one point, but according to Compton Head Coach Broadrick Jackson, their maturity, and lack of attention to detail, was a result for the loss.
“I think we’re still a young team and we’re battling mistakes here and there, but we’ll get better. Guys have to learn how to play together., that’s the main thing,” Jackson said.
“There’s more discipline at the college level. The schemes are a little more complicated than high school. So if you were an All-American in high school and you come here thinking that you can do those things, (but) it’s a little different.”
The Huskies host Victor Valley in SCC play Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at Weingart Stadium.