By Dan Gudino
The Husky football team won its first victory of the season on the road against the Santa Barbara City College, Sept. 19, 24-16.
Late in the final quarter ELAC scored with a 12 play, 91-yard drive, off freshman quarterback Brian Marty, for a four yard touchdown pass to freshman tight end Tanner Rose.
The score put ELAC up with 14 seconds remaining in the game, giving Head coach Eric Marty the first win of his tenure at ELAC.
After coming off a bye week and a week one loss to Glendale City College, The Huskies looked much improved on defense, allowing 271 yards of passing compared to the 488-yards allowed in the first game.
Sophomore defensive back Ryan Cisneros and Freshman defensive back De’Angelo Buchanan recorded two interceptions against SBCC.
“Our defense played their behinds off, this is what we’ve been working for as a group, we want to win football games 50 to zero and make games look pretty but football is about competing and always a test. We hung in there, we found a way to get it done, Santa Barbara is a good team that does things well on offense,” said Coach Marty.
ELAC started the game on a good note when quarterback Marty hit sophomore receiver Iheanyi Obinna with a 19-yard touchdown, on the Huskies opening possession.
The 6-foot 5-inch Obinna has a team high 15 catches, 274 yards receiving with 2 touchdowns and is averaging 137 yards receiving per game.
“I feel like I didn’t have that good of a game, I had a few drop passes, but I’m coming strong the next games.” said Obinna
Obinna finished with nine catches for 159 yards and a touchdown vs SBCC.
Into the half with a 14 – 0 lead, the Huskies allowed 14 unanswered to SBCC sophomore wide receiver Osha Washington, in the second half. Washington had touchdown catch and a touchdown pass on a trick play, in which Washington was handed the ball and fooled the ELAC defense by throwing the ball into the hands of freshman receiver Matthew Sharsh for a game tying 19-yard touchdown in the third quarter going into the fourth tied 14 – 14.
A similar situation to the week one against GCC, where the final quarter would determine the winner, this time the Huskies prevailed by shutting out the SBCC offense, aided by an interception from freshman defensive back Deangelo Buchanon in the ELAC red zone. .
“It’s about improvement, we’re never going to be the same team that we’re in week one, that we are in week 10, as long as I’m here, and ultimately our goal is how quickly can we improve.” said Coach Marty.
Quarterback Marty finished 20 of 37 passing, 248 yards, 3 TDs and an interception. Tight end Rose helped with 2 catches, 28 yards, a TD, also contributing was Crenshaw High product, sophomore receiver Leonard Taylor who caught 4 passes for 17 yards and a TD.
The Huskies will be back home Sept. 26 at Weingart Stadium, hosting El Camino Center – Compton for a 6 p.m kickoff.