Huskies Softball

By Francisco Portillo

he softball team beat Los Angeles Valley College 7-1 with an early offensive barrage.

Head coach Erika Blanco was pleased with the team’s performance.

The team exuded confidence as they performed well offensively in the second and third innings.

Blanco said players did a great job of pitching out of the stretch, keeping the opponent’s score low.

“We have a great pitching staff that is working hard everyday. We have five pitchers who are really busting their tail these days,” Blanco said.

The game ended early after an agreement by both head coaches.

“I’m really happy. This is our fall season and we’re trying different defenses and lineups, but I’m really happy with how athletic we are. (The team) is able to move positions pretty quickly and adapt,” Blanco said.

Although the players performed well, Blanco believes the team can still make some improvements with the talent on the field.

“When you bring in so much talent, they have to work on really buying in and playing as a team. I think it’s hard sometimes for (players) to come from highschool, who are used to playing every game and being the top player, to come into a team with 23 top players,” Blanco said.

Win rejuvenates men’s soccer


By Stephanie Guevara 

Men’s soccer recorded its first win in regular season play by defeating El Camino College 4-0 at home on Friday.

The play of freshman goalkeeper Joshua Moreno was essential in East Los Angeles College’s second clean sheet of the season, having six saves on goal.

“It’s been a long season and we have been working very hard. It feels good to win. I feel like their lucky charm. I don’t want to say I’m the key to the game, but I do feel confident in the back, and the team does as well,” Moreno said.

Sophomore forward Cesar Alvarez opened the scoring for ELAC with two goals early in the first half.

“I feel good, but not because I scored two goals, but because we got the win. After losing and losing, it feels like a new start for us,” Alvarez said.

The first goal came in the 12th minute of game when ELAC freshman left back Salvador Ramirez sent a crossed pass from the left wing to the center, where Alvarez scored a header.

ELAC played differently than other games. This was due to a change in the system of play. In previous games ELAC played with a 1-4-4-2 system,in this game they played 1-4-3-3.

ELAC assistant coach Ricardo Raygoza said he finds this alignment more effective.

“We switched up the system today. We went on the offense. We played with three guys on the top. Our mindset was to attack. Yes we were going to give up some stuff on the wings, but we were set to attack. And the score shows it,” Raygoza said.

Alvarez scored his second goal in the 22nd minute off a pass from freshman midfielder Andres Martinez on an ELAC attack that started on the right wing.

“We came prepared for this game. We came knowing we would play under a new system,” Alvarez said.

ELAC continued its dominant performance in the second half.

Husky sophomore Ernesto Rubalcaba scored the third goal in the 57th minute off an aerial pass from sophomore winger Martin Oregel.

Left back Ramirez led the game in assists as he provided the assist in the fourth goal that ELAC player Jorge Chavez scored.

“We came out and did what we had said we would do. We got this win that we deserved, and that the school deserved. In this game, we had players play in their positions. We stuck to our system and everyone followed through. I think we played with our hearts and our head, Chavez said.

ELAC players said they felt good to win and that the team needed to step it up for the remaining games.

“I think it was a game to win after everything bad that is happening right now. I was good to finally get a win. We just have to keep it up and win,” ELAC midfielder Alvaro Torres said.

ELAC defender Agustin Barros said that the game was intense, but the team performed well overall, and every player put in their part to help get the win.

The Huskies ended in a 1-1 draw on the road at Long Beach City College yesterday. Rubalcaba scored the only goal for ELAC in the 40th minute off a deflection from Long Beach defender Irving Alvarado.


Women’s soccer stays optimistic after tie

By Dan Gudino

The women’s soccer team finished in a 1-1 tie at home yesterday against Mount San Antonio College.

East Los Angeles College struggled in the second half, allowing a soft touch, slow rolling goal in the 49th minute from Mt. SAC’s freshman forward Viviana Ortega to tie the game.

ELAC’s lone goal came in the 40th minute of the first half after the Huskies took a hard foul at midfield. A set pass from midfield flew into the middle of the box and caromed off several players and right in front of sophomore Colleen Tamashiro, who lightly tapped the ball over the head of the goalie.

Sophomore goalie Penelope Roman played an excellent game for the Huskies, using her athleticism and quick hands to fend off the Mt. SAC attack.

Right before the end of the first half, in the 41st minute, Roman punched the the ball out of box to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead into the half.

The highlight of the day for the Huskies came from Roman. In the closing four minutes Mt. SAC’s Ortega dribbled through the ELAC defense, fired high on goal from about 20 yards, and Roman jumped straight up to use her left fist to punch the ball behind goal to preserve the tie.

“I didn’t think it was going to go over the net until the last second, then I landed hard right on my back and saw it behind me. This game came down to hard work. I think if we had all our players, we would have done way better,” Roman said.

The Huskies’ struggles in the second half could be credited to a red card given in the 55th minute, when ELAC’s sophomore Miriam Bibian was pulled from her jersey. Bibian defended herself by throwing a high right elbow that missed the Mt. SAC player, but the intention behind it caused the referee to pull out the red card.

Down to 10 players, ELAC played conservative in the last 35 minutes, focusing on defense and had no shots on goal.

At the start of the second half, on the sideline, the Mt. SAC men’s soccer head coach Juan Sanchez notified its women’s head coach Melinda Bowen that ELAC might be in violation for using an illegal non-sponsored ball.

The California Community College Athletic Association is in contractual agreement with ball maker, Wilson.

When its was mentioned to coach Bowen, she instantly said from the sideline they could win the game by forfeit.

The Mt. SAC sideline instantly looked relaxed and got comfortable. It did not pick up its attack until Sanchez got off the phone with his athletic director and found out ELAC was within its rights of not using a Wilson brand ball.

The rule of strictly using CCCAA official sponsored Wilson balls will not take effect until next season. Until then, all home teams are allowed to use their ball brand of choice.

The Huskies found the positive in the tie by acknowledging the match as the third straight game without a loss. ELAC has carried a losing record all season, winning one game.

The tie puts ELAC at 1-8-3. They will play at home on Friday against El Camino College at 2 p.m.

“Mt. SAC played a great game, but I wouldn’t rank them with the quality of teams we’ve played. The playoffs are still within reach for us because of the points system. We actually gained points by playing some of the tougher teams early in the season,” ELAC head coach Tessa Troglia said.

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Men’s soccer remains winless in conference


By Rogelio Alvarez 

Men’s Soccer lost to Mt. San Antonio College 3-0 yesterday at home in South Coast-North Conference play.

Elac is now 0-4 in conference play.

“We have a game plan, but players do not want to follow the game plan, which makes it difficult. When the players panic and start doing what they want to do, then they don’t follow up the game plan. I don’t see a lot of positives. The only positive would be that players learned something from (the loss),” Flores said.

According to Flores, this is the first time he’s gone 0-4 in conference play in his 15 years coach men’s soccer. ELAC is now winless in five games.

“There’s definitely a lot of things that we need to work on. Our main one would be playing under pressure. I think teams like Mt. SAC, which are great teams, are always going to have you under pressure. I think if we can get a good result and come out of a flat pressure, we’ll be able to do great things,” ELAC assistant coach Ricardo Raygoza said.

ELAC freshman goalkeeper Alexis Castellanos made two crucial back-to-back saves in the first half to keep the game at 0-0. Castellanos was subbed in the second half with an injury.

“With every loss, we learn as a team. There’s nothing much we can do, but keep going forward and learn as we go,” Castellanos said.

For the majority of the first half, ELAC’s defense prevented Mt. SAC from scoring, but a poor defensive clearance gave Mt. SAC it’s first goal of the match.

The ball bounced off an ELAC player’s foot and gave Mt. SAC sophomore forward Martin Arrieta the opening to head the ball in.

In the second half, ELAC was unable to tie the game and gave up two goals.

“We’ve been through a lot this year. I’m proud of the guys at the fact that regardless of the season, and where we’re at, they’re still responding as best as possible,” Raygoza said.

Many of the players felt that they could’ve done better throughout the game.

“Our main mistake today, is that we don’t follow directions. We try switching things up and that’s when we should be more aware and following directions,” Castellanos said.

ELAC made several substitutions in the second half. The players who came in, made the ELAC offense more dynamic. Raygoza said that the guys showed character in the second half.

ELAC plays this Friday at home against El Camino College at Weingart Stadium at 4 p.m.

“We’re looking to see how El Camino plays, and just prep the guys as best as possible. Maybe move some pieces around based on today’s result,” Raygoza said.

dodge and dash—East Los Angeles College sophomore midfielder Jorge Chavez turns upfield in the second half of a 3-0 loss against Mount San Antonio College yesterday.

Dodge and Dash—East Los Angeles College sophomore midfielder Jorge Chavez turns upfield in the second half of a 3-0 loss against Mount San Antonio College yesterday.

Football takes first place

By Dan Gudino

The football team takes over first place in the American Metro Conference with a 56-22 blowout victory on the road last Saturday against El Camino College-Compton Center.

East Los Angeles College, now 4-2 in the season, knew first place was at stake.

Pasadena City College lost to West Los Angeles College earlier in the day, giving the Huskies the opportunity to capture first place for the first time in five seasons.

At the beginning of the season, the conversation for ELAC was about turning the program into a positive direction. Now the talk on the field is a conference championship.

Compton, still winless (0-6), fought valiantly. The Compton defense created back-to-back interceptions on consecutive passes from ELAC’s sophomore quarterback Jonathan Santos in the second quarter.

The first was a pick-six (interception for TD) scored by Compton’s freshman linebacker Titus Heath, who was standing in the right place after the ball was tipped in the air.

Heath plucked the ball in midair and took it in for a 22-yard touchdown.

Santos’ next pass was intercepted and taken to the one-yard line at the end of the second quarter. This gave Compton prime field position, which was later converted for a one-yard TD pass, making a 14-13 Husky halftime lead.

“We’ll live with the mistakes and ride with Santos to the end, because he’s a good leader. He’s got guts and has the ear of our team,” ELAC head coach Bobby Godinez said.

The connection between Santos and his sophomore tight end CeeJhay French-Love is a go-to play. ELAC’s remaining opponents will know Santos relies on his big target.

For the third straight week, Santos found French-Love in the end zone on consecutive possessions. Santos linked up with him for the first two Husky TDs from five and nine yards out, both in the first quarter.

The Huskies took control in the second half and closed the game out in the fourth quarter with three straight unanswered TDs.

“We’re starting to gel as a team. We’re starting to understand how good we are and we’re learning. We can’t panic,” Godinez said.

Freshman special teams player Brandon Peterson and freshman defensive lineman Sione Vea blocked punts just like last week, both leading to ELAC TDs.

Before the game, Godinez said it would be the coming out game for Vea. Godinez was right, Vea, from Honolulu, Hawaii (Kalani High School), had his best game of the season. Vea constantly disrupted the Compton quarterback, finishing with three tackles, one being a sack.

Vea’s punt block was recovered by freshman linebacker Daniel Belton who returned the block for a 10-yard TD in the fourth quarter to give ELAC a comfortable 42-22 lead.

ELAC’s sophomore cornerback Cinwon Whitehead continues to cause trouble for opposing quarterbacks.

In the third quarter, Whitehead stopped a Compton TD.

He ran stride-for-stride down the sideline with a Compton receiver, his back facing a high-flying ball, and turned his head in time for the pass to fall into his hands for a basket-style catch in the end zone.

Whitehead has been a shutdown cornerback, looking calm and comfortable in action. His technique is sparking interest from the University of Colorado as well as other schools.

Whitehead was not done. The play of the game came in the fourth quarter as he jumped in front of a Compton receiver, caught the ball, and displayed an impressive burst of speed down the sideline as he went untouched for a 48-yard touchdown.

“It was an awesome feeling getting the pick-six. That’s how we play ball. If you play nervous, bad things usually happen. When you’re calm and work the technique, good things will happen,” Whitehead said.

Compton will now finish with its 16th losing season in 21 years. Compton is known for its 54-game losing streak that was snapped last season. ELAC’s offensive coordinator Art Hoomiritana was part of the Compton program last year, serving as its offensive coordinator.

“This was not a game I circled on my calendar. Compton gave me my first shot. (Compton head) coach (Broderick) Jackson gave me a shot. Every coach works as hard as he could. It’s just super tough here (at Compton) trying to keep players, for a lot of reasons, but they do the best they can. Despite their record, they gave us fits,” Hoomiritana said.

Arguably one of the worst team in California, Compton’s Jackson said it was not a good time to comment and did not speak to Campus News.

ELAC will be back home this Saturday against Los Angeles Southwest College (0-5) at 6 p.m.

Wrestling loses at home to Rio Hondo

STAREDOWN-ELAC's Max Velez wrestles Rio Hondo's Jacob Alcobendas (left) at the 174-weight division last Wednesday, October 5th at ELAC's South Gym. Alcobendas won the match 14 to 4. CN/Gil Milanes

STAREDOWN-ELAC’s Max Velez wrestles Rio Hondo’s Jacob Alcobendas (left) at the 174-weight division last Wednesday, October 5th at ELAC’s South Gym. Alcobendas won the match 14 to 4.
CN/Gil Milanes


By Gustavo Buenrostro

The wrestling team suffered a 6-4 loss against Rio Hondo College last Wednesday in the South Gym.

East Los Angeles College head coach Ralph Valle was disappointed with how the dual meet went.

“I didn’t think we wrestled very well at all. It was a close match, but something went wrong. The guys that wrestled well, wrestled well, but I don’t think it was a good duel,” Valle said.

He wanted the wrestlers to get off their stomachs so they could go for more takedowns.

In the first period of the eighth match, ELAC freshman Gabriel Rodriguez, who competed in the 184-pound class, pinned freshman Marco Rodriguez to win the match.

The match started slow with a bit of stalling from both wrestlers. Marco took Gabriel down to his stomach, putting his weight on the ELAC wrestler.

Gabriel shifted his position and was able to get off of the mat, using that momentum for a takedown of his own.

Gabriel was able to gain control and pin both of Marco’s shoulders on the mat, resulting in a victory.

Gabriel said he was very excited to show what ELAC was made of.

“I think I did really well. I felt he was catching my legs a lot, so I started to wrestle kind of low so he wouldn’t catch my ankles. Today was really good because I pinned him in the first period,” Gabriel said.

There were some things the wrestling team were struggling with.

Gabriel said that the team had low energy which could have affected their performance.

He also said that some wrestlers were up a weight class and that they need to move down a weight class believing that if they do, they will be in a better position as a team.

In the ninth match, the Huskies got pinned by Rio Hondo in the third period.

The match started out with Rio Hondo freshman Andrew Marco wearing down ELAC Efren Velez.

By the end of the first period the Velez seemed tired, having a lot taken out of him.

As the the second period began, Velez started to favor his right shoulder.

Right before the third period started, he had his shoulder checked out. He was cleared and the third period began.

Still favoring his right shoulder, Velez tried to get Marco on his back. Marco quickly reversed it and pinned the Velez.

The overall duel ended with Rio Hondo winning six matches with one pin, and ELAC winning four matches with two pins.

Rio Hondo head coach Mike Tellez knows there is a rivalry between ELAC and Rio Hondo, since the are the closest junior colleges in the state.

“It was a good performance. East L.A. is good. They are a good team. Our duels, no matter if one of us is good or one of us is bad, or vice versa, it’s always close,” Mike Tellez said.

Football raises muscular dystrophy awareness

COIN TOSS-Offensive line coach Tyrone Carter (left), defensive back coach Joshua Thompson (center) and head coach Bobby Godinez greet their guest Avery Faeth and his family.

COIN TOSS-Offensive line coach Tyrone Carter (left), defensive back coach Joshua Thompson (center) and head coach Bobby Godinez greet their guest Avery Faeth and his family.

By Ivan Cazares

The East Los Angeles College football team welcomed Avery Faeth before a game against San Diego Mesa College to create awareness on Duchenne muscular dystrophy Sept. 24.

Coaches from around the country wore a patch in unity and welcomed guests with muscular dystrophy as part of the Coach to Cure Muscular Dystrophy Program.

Coach to Cure Muscular Dystrophy is a partnership of coaches and staff from more than 10,000 schools dedicated to fundraising for muscular dystrophy patients and treatments.

DMD is a genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. It is one of nine types of muscular dystrophy.

It is caused by the absence of dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells healthy.

DMD is usually diagnosed in boys ages 3-5, and in rare occasions can affect girls.

Promising research might one day help those affected.

However there currently is no cure.

Eteplirsen will be the first disease-modifying drug to be marketed in the United States.

It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Sept. 19, and  the Muscular Dystrophy Association reports that approximately 13 percent of DMD patients may be eligible for treatment.

Faeth is 12 years old and was diagnosed a few months before his third birthday.

DMD has confined him to a wheelchair, which his parents were only able to afford thanks to previous donations.

He was featured on KTLA’s “Problem Solvers” segment last year and received support from viewers including Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews.

He was given a ball signed by the ELAC team and performed the coin toss to initiate the game on Sept. 24.

“They (football players) were excited. It was their idea to give him (Faeth) a signed ball. It was our wide receiver Kyeree Wallace’s idea to let him do the coin toss,” Director of Football Operations Lakesha Beh said.

“One of the most important things for us as staff was helping our kids see that we can’t take anything for granted.

“We have the luxury of going out there every day and doing something we love as well as going to school. It helped bring things into perspective for us,” head football coach Bobby Godinez said.

Godinez said he wants to help the program evolve beyond athletics and academics because they represent the ELAC community.

“I would like to have our young men be more involved in the community,” Beh said. She also said the team has had a positive attitude toward being involved in the community and she hopes they can be positive role models to younger generations.

To donate money for Muscular Dystrophy research and help those affected visit

A $5 donation can also be made by texting “cure” to 90999. Godinez said the program intends to do more community work.

“I think they (the ELAC community) can rally around us and help,” Godinez said.

Volleyball Loses in three sets

By Rogelio Alvarez

Volleyball team was shutout against Mt. San Antonio College 3-0 last Friday in the South Gym.

The Huskies are now 6-6 overall and 0-2 in South Coast-North Conference play.

Despite Mt. SAC’s well-coordinated offense, the Huskies fought hard to stay in the game.

“We didn’t give up. We kept fighting. We got over our mistakes quickly and we fought. We really wanted (the win),” ELAC freshman right side hitter Esther Duru said.

Duru lead the Huskies with 12 kills out of 18 attempts. ELAC freshman setter Taryn Higareda finished the game with 14 assists.

“We’re always teaching ‘fight,’ because if you don’t have that intensity and tenacity to fight, then what happens is, the game falls down below us,” ELAC head coach Elliot Walker said.

The Huskies came close to winning the first set after a back-and-forth start, but came up short 25-21. Mt. SAC showed superiority in the remaining two sets, winning 25-16 and 25-15.

“The difference between our team and their team is that they’re at least, about 80 percent club players, so their experience and knowledge is little more fast in what they’re trying to accomplishing compared to our kids who are learning the game for the first time. So, what we do is, we emphasize teamwork to get to that level and how to use our game options and variations to play smart in the fight,” Walker said.

The ELAC players on-and-off the court, kept cheering their teammates on regardless of the score.

“It’s important to continue because you never want to give up. The outcome is always great when you don’t give up. That’s how wins happen,” Duru said.

ELAC sophomore outside hitter Angela Wade, freshman middle hitter Jasmin Andres and Duru combined defensively for a total of 26 digs out of the 36 overall total for the team.

Wade led the defense with 10 digs. Duru and Andres were not far behind with eight digs each.

“I could’ve passed much better today and had better focus on my passing,” Duru said.

Walker felt that ELAC could have improved their commitment to passing throughout the match.

“What we’re trying to do is build both technical and mental (skills) to get to the competitive game,” Walker said.

ELAC responded to Mt. SAC’s dominance during the three sets by putting them on the defensive, using with quick, unpredictable attacks.

“We ran some offensive options that we had not practiced, which was great. I saw how they can respond on the drop of the dime.  We maintained a steady focus in the game. We stayed on our game plan which

The Huskies continue Southern Coast-North Conference play today at Pasadena City College at 6 p.m. and will play away at Chaffey College this Friday at 6 p.m.

Men’s soccer loses on controversial goal

By Stephanie Guevera 

Men’s soccer lost by a polemical offside goal, 1-0, in the last minute of the game against Rio Hondo College on Friday at Weingart Stadium.

“Players should either win, lose or draw games, not officials. It’s simple. The game was evenly matched. It could have gone both ways. Let the players decide. Don’t let an official decide in the 90th minute of the game. That’s wrong at every level,” ELAC head coach Eddie Flores said.

After East Los Angeles College dominated most of the game, Rio Hondo forward Angel Flores took a pass from his teammate who was coming from an offside position and scored. ELAC players were in disbelief after they saw that the referee didn’t call the play offside.

“Sometimes we have no control on what the refs say, or what calls they make. All we can do is kind of go with it. I didn’t think it was a goal. I thought it was off-side, but we can’t turn the refs call back. We have to adjust to whatever happened,” ELAC defender Jorge Chavez said.

Rio Hondo head coach, who is an ELAC alum and former men’s soccer coach, Orlando Brenes said ELAC had great opportunities where they could have gone ahead on the scoreboard.

“It was a very physical game. It meant something to both teams and it was our first league game. I felt this game could have gone either way.(ELAC) had a couple of good scoring opportunities, and so did we. We went one-nill, but I give nothing but praise to Eddie Flores and his team, because they are a good team,” Brenes said.

ELAC freshman right back Salvador Ramirez went one-on-one with the opposing goalkeeper on a counter attack in the first half, only to have his strike kicked out of the trajectory of the goal by a Rio Hondo defender.

This play was reciprocated by ELAC, as Ramirez blocked a Rio Hondo shot on goal in similar fashion.

“Things happen. That play came from an identical play from the back. I saved a goal like that on our side, so the exact same thing happened to them,” Ramirez said.

Players from ELAC seemed frustrated because the referee didn’t call Rio Hondo’s fouls.

ELAC sophomore goalkeeper Ivan Barranco became the key player of the game after saving Huskies from three clear shots on goal. In some instances of the game Barranco spoke to defenders so they would keep the defense strong.

ELAC played the most intense and physical minutes of the game during the extra minutes the referee gave.

“We played a well fought game. I think we were the better team today. They (Rio Hondo) got a lucky opportunity with a little help from the ref. It was a very physical game.,” Chavez said.

ELAC’s offense attacked Rio Hondo until the referee’s final whistle. The Huskies have scored 10 goals in 10 games played.

ELAC’s next game is on the road at Pasadena City College on Friday at 4 p.m.

Running back carries football to victory

By Dan Gudino

The football team showed resilience in a 26-21 comeback victory on the road last Saturday against Santa Ana College.

East Los Angeles College trailed throughout the majority of the first game in the inaugural season of the American Metro Conference.

ELAC’s sophomore running back Shaq Shelton split through the middle of the Santa Ana defense and carried the ball eight yards to give the Huskies the winning score in the last minute of the game.

“Namone (Mayes)  got up slow after a play, and coach asked if I was ready. I said, ‘Of course.’ They needed me, and I responded. I was asked to run like it was my last run ever, and I did. I ran like it was my last play ever,” Shelton said.

Shelton, the usual starter and leading rusher of the Huskies, did not play the entire first half of the game.

ELAC was thin at the running back postion, losing four running backs in two games. Shelton was listed as the emergency running back going into Santa Ana Stadium, as he was recovering from a shoulder injury.

Sophomore running backs Mayes (shoulder) and Josh Flores (ankle) went down in the second half, and Shelton was put in the game.

Prior to the game, Shelton said he was limited and might be used as a decoy to throw the defense off.

“It was all hands on deck. In a game like this, everyone has to contribute. We started slow, too slow. In crunch time we had to play all our guys. We had guys who jumped in willingly and we finished the ballgame,” ELAC head coach Bobby Godinez said.

Through adversity, the ELAC defense kept Santa Ana in check. ELAC sophomore quarterback Jonathan Santos threw four interceptions that kept the Husky defense out on the field for long periods of time.

The Husky defense stood its ground for three quarters and did not allow any points in the second half. All three Santa Ana touchdowns came in the first quarter.

“This was a team win. We start slow, but we will always bounce back. That’s what we do best. Our attitude is no one could score on us. It’s all about communicating on the field, and that’s what we did,” sophomore defensive lineman Imani Mitchell said.

The Huskies special teams unit had a day as they blocked two punts, the first coming in the second quarter by defensive lineman Sione Vea, and the second happening in the third quarter by freshman special teamer Branded Peterson.

Sophomore wide receiver Cemaj Douglas returned a punt 44 yards for an ELAC touchdown to put the game within reach at 21-19. The return was one of the most exciting plays of the game and put the Huskies within reach in the third quarter.

The Huskies kept the ball in the air with the pass game. Santos nearly broke the school record for most pass attempts in a game (71). Santos threw 61 times, completing 31 passes for 361 yards with two TDs and four interceptions.

“They made us more one-dimensional. More than what I would like. You never want to throw the ball sixty times. Santa Ana did a great job of dictating us to pass. I had no idea (Santos) threw that much. Give Santos a lot of credit. He dug deep down and finished, even though it was not one of his better games,” Godinez said.

The Huskies crawled back into the contest down 21-0. Santos continued the success of last week with consecutive TD passes to sophomore tight end CeeJhay French-Love starting in the first quarter. French-Love used his size to an advantage and controls his body like a smaller player.

In the first quarter, Santos fired to the 6-foot-5 French-Love down the sideline in the end zone. French-Love twisted his body, bobbled the ball while staying inbounds, only to regain control of the ball with a tip-toe TD.

The momentum then shifted to ELAC for the majority of the game.

Game two of conference play continues on the road at El Camino Compton-Center on Saturday at 6 p.m.

“We need to pick it up in practice to avoid starting so slow. Practice like it’s game day, then we’ll play better. I believe in our defense. So, when the offense struggles early, we got them. We know (the offense) will come back,” ELAC freshman cornerback Sherrod Crayton said.

Crayton had an interception to help ELAC finish out the first half.

With the win, ELAC is now the No. 7 team under the Southern California – American Division in the California Community College Regional State Football Poll, tied with rival Pasadena City College. This is the first time ELAC has been ranked within a top 10 list since 2011.