By Diego Linares
The officiating and Southwestern special teams unit put the football team out of contention for a win during the 38-17 loss at Weingart Stadium.
Both teams had issues with the officiating crew, as 29 penalties were called and 302 yards were distributed.
East Los Angeles College head coach Bobby Godinez was ejected from the game with 5:49 left in the third quarter after disputing a call.
The ELAC team was rushed into the locker after the game and were unable to be reached for comments.
The third quarter was the most eventful period. ELAC was attempting to make a comeback, being down 17-0 in the first half, but were stalled after their head coach headed into the locker room.
After an ELAC rushing touchdown opened the second half, two kickoffs were returned for scores by each team.
The ELAC offense managed to gain more total yards during the game than their opponent, amassing 194 to Southwestern’s 151, but came up short.
The three ELAC quarterbacks completed 18-33 passes for 135 yards and one interception.
Southwestern’s mobile quarterback gave the ELAC defense a few issues. The shotgun and pistol formations were used for run-pass options to keep the defense honest.
Demonte Morris managed to score a touchdown on the ground and through the air for the Southwestern offense.
Two touchdowns were scored on special teams by Southwestern.
One came off a blocked punt in the first half, which was returned for a score, and the second came on the returned kickoff.