By Diego Linares
A championship run was the conversation in the huddle after a 47-14 win by the football team against Los Angeles Southwest College at Weingart Stadium last Saturday.
After the convincing East Los Angeles College win, offensive coordinator Art Hoomiriatana said he felt the team was far from where they needed to be.
“We’ve got to improve a lot. Just execute better and watch the film. It’s a good score, but we have to look at what we did, you know. We could’ve scored 70, and we should be scoring 70,” Hoomiriatana said.
The ELAC offense started out hot, and put the game away in the first half.
Sophomore quarterback Jonathan Santos put 21 unanswered points on the scoreboard for the Huskies by throwing a touchdown in the first three possessions of the game, all to sophomore wideout Cemaj Douglas.
Douglas credited the execution to proper preparation leading up to ELAC’s fourth consecutive win, and third in the American Metro Conference.
“All week we (the offense) knew they were vulnerable in the middle of the field. We just attacked it,” Douglas said.
The sophomore duo managed to connect for five completions, gaining 52 yards and scoring three touchdowns in the first two quarters.
“Our focus all week has been to start fast. We’re a second-half team. We haven’t been scoring much in the first half, but all week we tried to get out fast,” said Santos.
The ELAC offense doubled the yardage their counterpart amassed throughout the game, ending with 488 compared to LA Southwest’s 178 yards.
“We stunk today offensively. We didn’t really play well at all. Horrible,” said LA Southwest head coach Henry Washington.
The center-to-quarterback exchange was a constant issue for LA Southwest, as quarterback Jorge Amaya would consistently have to fall on the ball. Five fumbles occurred throughout the game when the LA Southwest offense took the field.
The Huskies won on Saturday with a rotation of running backs that wore down the LA Southwest defense, even though an injury struck early.
In the midst of the first ELAC drive, feature sophomore running back Shaquille Shelton took a hit after a 12-yard run down the sideline, and went down hard. He stayed down among his teammates, wincing in pain. He then returned to gameplay two plays later.
Shelton carried the ball once after returning and had to pull himself out of the game, pointing to his shoulder as he continued to wince in pain.
Despite a featured back being sidelined for ELAC, the ground game set the foundation for the offense early with a running-back-by-committee approach. Six different backs carried the ball and contributed to the offense’s 234 rushing yards on the night.
“We were trying to establish the run. We had been working all week on starting fast. So, the goal of the game, the goal of the week, was to start fast and come out of the gates swinging,” said ELAC head coach Bobby Godinez.
The Huskies next game will be away against 4-3 West Los Angeles College on Saturday at 1 p.m.