By Dan Gudino
Last week’s bad momentum carried into Robinson Stadium, where the football team was upset by winless Pasadena City College, on Saturday 27-16.
ELAC now on a two-game losing streak, came into the game with an 11-game winning streak on PCC. The streak snapped by turnovers, a non-existent run game, and injuries to key Husky players, gave PCC its first victory of the season.
“This will test us. We’ll see what kind of character we have. It’s easy to be a football player when you win, but a lot less glamorous when you’re two and three (ELAC team record), out there grinding and not getting results. That’s the beauty of football and why young men play it, to learn those lessons.” ELAC Head Coach Eric Marty said.
Midway through the season, ELAC sophomore wide receiver Iheanyi Obinna, continues to aid the offense in production. The Husky offense scored on its first possession of the game, on an 11-play, 81 yard drive, finished by Obinna’s lone touchdown from freshman quarterback Brian Marty for 15 yards, putting the Huskies up 6-0 after a missed extra point.
Obinna led all Husky receivers with eight catches, 74 yards and a TD.
Quarterback Marty was forced to pass 51 times, a season-high, as injuries plagued ELAC running backs, completing 25 passes, throwing two costly interceptions for 229 yards and a TD.
ELAC’s season rushing yards leader, freshman running back Shaq Shelton, on a hobbled right ankle accounted for 11 of team’s 12 rushing yards, a season team low. Shelton in limited action did score a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter to put ELAC up 13-7. Shelton is now listed day-to-day with his injury.
Other ELAC injuries included running backs freshman Ty Sanchez, Hernando Perez and sophomore Matthew Tafoya all listed day-to-day according to Head Coach Eric Marty.
The biggest injury was to freshman tight end Tanner Rose. Rose was injured on a big catch for 16 yards in the third quarter, suffering a broken left clavicle, now listed as out indefinitely.
On back-to-back possessions ELAC down 20-16 in the fourth quarter, with two chances to cut the lead or take the lead, quarterback Marty threw both of his interceptions. The passes intended for his backup tight end sophomore Darrin Phillips not the injured starting tight end Rose.
“When you go up early like we did and then make crucial mistakes, like throw two red zone picks, it’s going to kill you, and that’s the difference in the game,” Quarterback Marty said.
First interception came from PCC freshman defensive back Luis Luna and the second INT from freshman DB Caleb Devine, both came in the end zone as Marty threw to score.
At the 9:21 mark of the third quarter, freshman kicker Vicente Luis Juan kicked a 24-yard field goal that put ELAC up 16-7, that was the only score in the second half for the Huskies. PCC then scored 21-unanswered points to finish the game.
ELAC could not find help with penalties as PCC compounded 185 penalty yards on 19 yellow flags, numbers usually seen on a losing team’s stat sheet. ELAC played a clean game, only had four penalties for 35 yards.
ELAC comes back home to Weingart Stadium, Saturday and host Southwestern (2-3) at 6 p.m. The game can be listened to live, on Spreaker.com/nationalsports and rebroadcast on KELA, on the “tunein” webpage or app.