By Ivan Cazares and Dan Gudino
East Los Angeles College football lost against the Glendale Community College Vaqueros, 35-31, in the Huskies 2015 season opener at Weingart Stadium Sept. 5.
The final quarter started with a score of 28 to 26 in favor of the Huskies. Glendale took the lead, 29-28, with a 19-yard field goal from Vaquero kicker Kerin Beltran with 3:44 left in the quarter.
ELAC freshman kicker Vicente Luis Juan scored a 43-yard field goal that gave the Huskies a 31-29 lead with less than two minutes remaining.
Vaqueros wide receiver Elonzo Griffin caught a 38-yard pass from quarterback Grant Kraemer and scored the decisive touchdown with 57 seconds left in the final quarter.
Grant Kraemer completed 27 passes out of 45 attempts for 488 yards.
Glendale Head Coach John Rome said the Huskies should be proud.
“He had them playing hard. I think the Huskies will win a lot of football games this season.”
This was Eric Marty’s first game as head coach. He said the Huskies are a good team, however, they need to work on execution and the team’s discipline.
“I’m devastated. There is jubilation in victory, and agony in defeat, that’s football,” said Coach Marty.
The Huskies displayed a more potent offense, which saw a competition at quarterback between fellow teammates Brian Marty and Levi Wells.
Starting freshman quarterback Levi Wells went 6 of 10 for 108-yards and had a touchdown pass to help ELAC open up the scoreboard with a 55-yard touchdown connection to wide receiver Trey Adkins.
Quarterback Brian Marty got the majority of the snaps, passing 16 of 30 for 182-yards and a rushing touchdown in the third quarter, giving the Huskies the lead until late in the fourth quarter.
ELAC struggled to convert on third downs all game long, only converting 3 out of 15.
Quarterback Marty tossed four straight incomplete passes stalling the winning drive try with 20 seconds left, turning the ball over on downs.
“Hopefully as a team and coaching staff we get an increased sense of urgency. Game one we found out how thin the margins are between winning and losing. If we continue to improve a little bit in all areas, we can be a very good team,” said Coach Marty.
ELAC sophomore wide receiver Iyheanyi Obinna caught 6 passes for 115 yards with a 4 yard rushing touchdown. Shaq Shelton showed great running ability on 17 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown for the Huskies.
“We know we are the better team. We just need to go out there and prove it,” said Husky Adrian Rodriguez, who played with a cast on his right hand due to a broken thumb.
“It doesn’t matter if we think we are a better team. We can compete. We could have won, but they won. Therefore they are the better team,” said Marty.
The Huskies were on a bye Sept. 12 and resume play on Sept. 19, at Santa Barbara at 1 p.m in their first road game.
The game can be heard on Spreaker.com/nationalsport and will be rebroadcast on ELAC radio station KELA through the “tunein” site.