Football captures conference opener

 

By Dan Gudino

Husky football dominated on all sides of the field, against El Camino College Compton Center, Sept. 26, in a 37 -12, win at home, in the first American Mountain Conference game of the season.

ELAC football is now on its first two-game winning streak since the 2012 campaign when the Huskies went 3-0 to start the season. ELAC is now 2-1, ECC-Compton now 0-4.

Coming off the Santa Barbara road victory last week, the Huskies continued to use an efficient offense, lead by freshman quarterback Brian Marty, who completed a trifecta, with a touchdown pass, TD run and TD catch.

Quarterback Marty started the scoring for the Huskies, on the opening drive, with a two-yard touchdown run, putting the Huskies up 6-0, in the first quarter.

Sophomore wide receiver Iheanyi Obinna to quarterback Marty connection usually goes the other way, Marty to Obinna. This time a trick play for a one-yard touchdown pass, in the third quarter of play, saw a high jumping Marty catch from Obinna, putting the Huskies up 27-0.

“It was a play that went in this week as part of the game plan. I called for it earlier in the game, but the coaches called it at the right place, at the right time,” Marty said.

Obinna got to relive his quarterback days at Van Nuys High School, where he lead the team with his own trifecta. Obinna impressively lead Van Nuys in touchdown passes, running touchdowns and receiving touchdowns in 2011, according to MaxPreps.com.

Marty and Obinna connected in their usual way in the second quarter, connecting on a four-yard TD. Marty threw 25 of 34, for 293 yards, one TD, Obinna receiving finished with five catches, 45 yards and a TD.

A notable performance came from ELAC freshman wide receiver Trey Adkins, who aided quarterback Marty’s numbers with four receptions, with 111 yards receiving.

Three games into the 2015 season, there were question marks surrounding the quarterback position.

Last year, ELAC did not find a number-one quarterback. Instead it used four quarterbacks.

“I think Brian (Marty) has done enough to show that he is our number one guy moving forward. Brian was very efficent tonight. He had a little fun and went out to catch a touchdown pass,” ELAC Head Coach Eric Marty said.

Like the offense, the defense was dominant as well, shutting down ECC-Compton, 30 – 0, at the start of the fourth quarter, causing ELAC to rest its starters and play many on the roster, using up to eight running backs.

“It allowed us to play a lot of our twos and threes, and now you get a chance to see those guys in a real- game situation, get them film, where now you can teach and see what they are doing well, and what they are not doing well. That’s so important to us as a program, develop that depth,” Coach Marty said.

The defense got involved with scoring, when freshman defensive back Anthony Figueroa, scored off a 37-yard interception return in the fourth quarter.

The Husky defense is on a downtrend in allowed points, allowing 35 points in the first game, 14 in the second, and 12 against ECC-Compton. Also defensively, ELAC has forced at least one turnover in each game this season.

ELAC will travel to the High Desert to Victorville to take on Victor Valley College (4-0), Oct. 3, at 1 p.m.

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