ELAC football team hangs on for win

COMING IN FOR A LANDING—Husky wide receiver Brian Munoz-Alvarez, center, leaps out of bounds over Chaffey’s Kendrick Haynes while Husky Chris White, No. 81, looks on in ELAC’s 40-27 Mountain Conference win last Saturday at home. CN/Danny Vasquez


Football summary — ELAC 40-27 over Chaffey College

By Anthony Merjanoff and Tadzio Garcia


East Los Angeles College scored a record-breaking 33 points in the second quarter only to be outscored 27-7 by Chaffey College in the second half off of Husky mistakes last Saturday at home.

With 1:03 left on fourth and two, the Huskies called a time out while on the Chaffey 19-yard line. Instead of taking a knee, ELAC went for their usual fourth down conversion. They were 0-4 for the game.

Elli Willoughby was tackled for no gain by Chaffey’s Devon Swan who also forced a fumble. Chaffey’s Davonte Swan picked up the ball and glided 81 yards making the final score, 40-27.

Husky tailback Oliver Preston played big helping the Huskies pull even at home this year at 2-2. He would break the receptions in a game record with fourteen.

The previous record was held by former Husky wideout Anthony Denham who recorded 12 receptions in a game against Santa Barbara in 2009.

Oliver recorded 107 yards and a touchdown catch on the 14 receptions. He also rushed for 79 yards on 19 carries.

The Huskies now looking at a 5-3 record and are still in the hunt for an at-large bowl bid accoring to Head Coach Steve Mojarro.

ELAC had a scoreless first quarter but would come out strong in the second quarter. It looks like a trend for the Huskies, in the last three games most of their scoring drives have come in the second quarter.

ELAC would score five touchdowns in the second quarter alone.

The first scoring play would come on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Husky quarterback Aaron Cantu to wideout Robert McCovery.

Cantu found tailback Oliver Preston for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 9:13 remaining. On the kickoff, Chaffey wideout Daniel Yealu would fumble the ball on the return, it was recovered by Husky wideout Willie Udofia.

The Huskies then took 9 plays and 4:21 minutes off the clock ending with a one-yard rushing touchdown for Cantu.

ELAC will be on the road next Saturday against El Camino College Compton Center who has yet to record a win this season. It will be the second consecutive game where the Husky reservers will see action.

For example, linebacker Shawn Esparza, fresh off this season high 18 tackles last week in a 54-42 loss at San Bernardino Valley College, was replaced in the first quarter with reserves.

Back-up quarterback Adrian Diaz saw some action in the fourth quarter going 4-8 with 16 passing yards. He led three drives. The first for a six-yard touchdown by Jonathan Lopez. Two drvies however ended in fumbles by Willoughby and Steven Richard.


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