By Joe Dargan
The football team ended the season with a disappointing 4-6 record, failing to make the playoffs after a promising 2-1 start.
East Los Angeles College’s woes may be partially explained by its switch from the American Metro Conference, where the Huskies had a 16-5 record and a bowl win under head coach Bobby Godinez in his first two seasons, to the South Coast Conference, which has much stiffer competition.
After a 7-3 record last year, finishing with five wins in a row, the team was optimistic coming into the season according to Godinez, but inconsistency in all phases of the game played a major role in its resulting record.
The Huskies’ numbers were down in every statistical category. ELAC threw for an average of 182.1 yards per game this season, compared to 229.2 yards per game last season.
The team also scored 23.1 points each game, on average, while allowing 30.9 points each game by the opponent.
Getting off to quick starts and finishing strong, were often a problem as well.
First quarter scoring was held to a 5.7 point average, while allowing 11 points to be scored per opening period by opponents, resulting in a constant uphill battle.
This was especially tough considering the team only scored an average of 3.5 points in fourth quarters this year. There was some excitement after handily beating Compton College 55-0 in its third game.
The team had scored 31 opening quarter points and pushed it’s record to 2-1, then lost five of its next seven games.
It’s no surprise Compton College finished the season with an 0-10 record. At the start of the year, Godinez, who had also been tasked with the athletic director position after an abrupt exit by former long-time AD Al Cone, acknowledged how tough this year would be.
He said that his team would be facing its hardest test yet because of the conference change.
Ultimately, his fears played out right before his eyes. One bright spot was the team’s 3-2 record at home.
Unfortunately, 1-4 on the road and 2-3 in the conference was enough to sink the Huskies hopes for the postseason.