By David Rios
East Los Angeles College struggled to stop Los Angeles Valley College this past Saturday in a game where Breeon Moreno had a record breaking night.
ELAC was unable to stop the Monarch’s offense in the 59-34 loss.
The Huskies took the field on opening night with Interim-coach Randy Sanchez taking the reins as Head Coach Steve Mojarro was away for the week attending to a personal matter.
ELAC cornerback Moreno tried to keep his team in the game as he set a school record returning a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Communication problems were evident on the defensive side for the Huskies. At the end of the first half ELAC middle linebacker Deandre Nelson and defensive tackle Mike Wyche got into an altercation regarding their play. This did not help fire up the often torched secondary.
Regardless, the Monarchs’ offense would not let up. Throughout the game LA Valley running-back Malcolm Thomas scored on two handoffs and helped wear down the Husky defense as quarterback Tyler went on to throw for five touchdowns of his own.
The Monarchs’ defense got in on the action to as cornerback Zack Kelley took an interception from Husky quarterback Gilberto Rivera 45-yards for a pick-six.
“Things didn’t go our way. (The) team was just talked to about this. It’s one game. We will keep working hard. We will get better. LA Valley, they played better. They executed,” Sanchez said.
Luck was not on the Huskies’ side as LA Valley was close to committing a turnover. Unfortunately they were able to recover their own fumble and ran it in for a touchdown.
“We’re excited about the opener; excited about the outcome. Hats off to ELAC. We have huge respect for them. They are tough kids,” said Larry Kerr, the Monarchs’ head coach.