By Sonny Tapia
East Los Angeles College quarterbacks combined for six touchdown passes and 407 passing yards in the Huskies away win against Orange Coast College on Saturday 45-17.
ELAC sophomore quarterback Wesley Blazek started the game for the Huskies. He put up 252passing yards completing 60.6% of his passes down field.
Blazek threw his longest touchdown pass of the game in the first quarter for 25 yards to freshman wide receiver Justin Watkins.
Later in the game ,Watkins caught another touchdown pass from ELAC freshman quarterback Rudy Garcia, who entered the game at the start of the fourth quarter.
Blazek had two more touchdown passes before the end of the first half of the game.
“The quarterbacks did a good job of letting the game come to them and ultimately added to their efficiency,” ELAC head coach Robert Godinez said.
On defense, the Huskies forced five consecutive punts from Orange Coast sophomore punter Hunter Elsenpeter who ended the game with 376 yards.in punting yards.“Nothing has changed on defense. We’ve had two really good performances in a row,”
Orange Coast did not reach the
redzone until the teams were five minutes into the second quarter.
Sophomore starting quarterback Adam Carr started the scoring drive on the ELAC 21-yard line after ELAC sophomore kicker Juan Rangel punted the ball only 20 yards.
Carr completed two passes for a total of 20 yards and then ran
the ball in for a touchdown after being denied two plays prior. ELAC gave up 177 yards by accumulating 19 penalties in the game.
“Penalties are a part of the game at this level. It’s never good to have so many, but I wouldn’t say our team has a discipline problem,” Godinez said.
For the Huskies sophomore
linebacker Malaetasi Sofa recorded the only sack on the day for ELAC, while Orange Coast freshman defensive linemen Grant Conaway and Melvin Bowden shared the stat.
Although the quarterbacks showed more efficiency, there were bright spots in the game overall.
“There were many bright spots for our team, so it is hard to
pinpoint a single player,”Godinez said.
“We are coming together as a group and we have a bright future. ELAC comes home Saturday night at 6p.m. in hopes to win two in row against Comption College.