By Noe Ortega
With a strong second half from Mt. San Antonio College, the Huskies lost their second game of the season 44-26 at Covina District Field on Saturday.
Mt. SAC and East Los Angeles College were neck-and-neck throughout the first two quarters and the beginning of the third, but the Huskies weren’t able to capitalize on attack toward the end of the game.
After Saturday’s loss, the Huskies sit with an even record of 2-2.
ELAC was down 30-17, going into the fourth quarter, when freshman quarterback Paul Herrera threw a 15-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Cleo Session Jr. to score a touchdown.
Freshman kicker Juan Rangel got the extra point to make the score 30-24.
Mt. SAC immediately responded with a 92-yard kickoff return touchdown from sophomore wide receiver Damian Alloway and a two-point conversion to make it 38-24.
“They played hard (Mt. SAC). They have a good football team, but we shot ourselves in the foot,” said head coach Bobby Godinez.
“If we can eliminate mistakes and focus a little more on special teams, we’re going to win a lot more football games.”
The Huskies had a frustrating fourth quarter, having to punt the ball. Two plays resulted as incomplete passes and an interception from Mt.SAC sophomore defensive back Ibrahim Konate.
ELAC was down 17-10 when sophomore running back David Allen scored on a 4-yard run. Rangel then tied the game 17-17 with an extra point kick.
When it looked like the momentum had shifted in ELAC’s favor, Mt. SAC sophomore quarterback Steven Nava threw a 32-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Chris Jackson to regain the lead.
“We did great, but it could’ve been better. There were some mistakes that we could’ve capitalized on, but they capitalized on our mistakes. Other than that, we did good,” said ELAC sophomore linebacker Garrett Rogers.
Mt. SAC extended its lead with a 49-yard launch that connected with Halloway, but failed to make the two-point conversion.
“They made some plays, and it helped spark their team. That’s what it came down to,” said sophomore quarter back Phillip Tran.
“We made our plays as well, but they kept it close with us, and we hung in there, but at the end of the day, they played well and came out with the win.”
Herrera was the starting quarterback for ELAC, but Tran entered nine minutes into the first quarter, and again in the last four minutes of the fourth quarter.
ELAC’s frustration continued after a failed two-point conversion. Husky sophomore defensive back Sam Brown was ejected for excessive use of profanity.
In the second quarter, Allen rushed for no gain and got the third down.
A flag was thrown, and Mt. SAC was given a seven-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct from sophomore defensive linebacker Lovell Mariney.
It was an automatic first down for ELAC.
ELAC was on first and goal when Herrera rushed for six-yards to tie the game 10-10.
Herrera finished the game with 23 completed passes out of 37 attempted, 244 yards gained, a touchdown and two passes intercepted.
Despite the plays that ELAC weren’t able to put away, Godinez said he believes that his team is capable of going far this season.
“We definitely are (a championship team). We just have to fix those mental mistakes, and we can beat anybody,” said Godinez.
The Huskies’ next game will be Saturday as they host Southwestern College at 6 p.m.