By Dan Gudino
The upset victory the football searched for on the road against Victor Valley College (5-0), Oct. 3, was stopped with a 58-21 loss, as No. 16 VVC continues on a 16-game win streak.
From the start the Huskies never got in rhythm. With seven turnovers, three converted third downs out of 11 tries, 163 penalty yards and only 58 rushing yards, ELAC lost with its mistakes.
The highlight of the day for ELAC came from freshman quarterback Brian Marty to sophomore wide receiver Iheanyi Obinna late in the first quarter on a 58 yard touchdown strike in stride. Marty to Obinna has connected in each of the last three games becoming a key dynamic to the ELAC offense.
Quarterback Marty accounted for four out of the seven turnovers ELAC had, with four interceptions, finishing 12 of 29 for 235 yards, two rushing touchdowns and one TD passing. Marty now leads the team in rushing touchdowns with four.
Wide receiver Obinna despite the loss showed his value, with five catches for 151 yards and a TD.
Obinna and many Huskies displayed their frustration on the sidelines when starters were pulled from the game into the fourth quarter as the game was out of its hands. ELAC Head Coach Eric Marty never lost control of his players but instead consoled his players.
“Coach always knows what to tell me, he always says the right things to cool me down and put me back on track. We didn’t have a good game, we have to clean up our mistakes,” Wide receiver Obinna said.
Coach Marty acknowledged the loss to VVC as his fault, stating to his team after the game he made some bad calls on offense.
“I got greedy on some calls on offense, with some plays going deep, I got to live with it. This one’s on me, we have to bounce back from this loss.We knew coming in we had a chance to compete against anyone, but the margin for error against a team like this one (VVC) is next to zero, no mistakes can be made,” Coach Marty said.
Freshman running back Shaq Shelton remained on the bench all game as he was a game-time decision, sidelined with a high-ankle sprain and listed day-to-day. Shelton despite missing two games still leads the team in rushing with 112 yards. The Shelton injury has held back the Husky running game, managing only 13 first downs against VVC compared to 30 first downs from VVC, sustaining drives has been hard to come by for ELAC.
“I can explode straight up but it’s when I cut back side to side that it bothers me.” Shelton said.
VVC came into the game as the No. 1 team in the Southern California – American Division, led by freshman quarterback Sam Allen, who racked up 306 yards for five touchdowns on 26 of 42 passing. Allen also added 104 yards rushing and a TD on the ground.
The High Desert team finished with an impressive 488 yards of total offense, VVC quarterback Allen accounting for 410 of the 488 yards and six total touchdowns.
“We’re excited about where we are at. We knew ELAC had a very good team, I just think a few things went our way. You always have to have some good fortune going to get something like this (16-game win streak) going and we’re pleased with how we’re playing,” VVC Head Coach Dave Hoover said.
ELAC now 2-2 in the season, continues on the road against Pasadena City College, Oct. 10, for a 6 p.m. kickoff.