By Andrew Ruiz
Freshman quarterback Charles Ontiveros led East Los Angeles College to their first win of the season in a 48-21 win over El Camino College Compton Center Sept. 27 to open South Coast Conference play.
ELAC will host Victor Valley on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Ontiveros completed 16-of-24 passes for 268 yards, throwing three touchdowns and an interception.
“It was awesome man and a great feeling. It was my first college start. I looked forward to it and I’m ready to compete,” Ontiveros said.
“There’s stuff to work on. It was pretty good, it was decent, but there’s just tons of stuff to work on.”
ELAC Head Coach Steve Mojarro felt it was best to start Ontiveros instead of Michael Ladino, ELAC’s starting quarterback, because Ontiveros, who’s a qualifier out of high school, doesn’t need to return to ELAC for his sophomore season.
“Starting Charlie against Compton was a decision that we wanted to do so Charlie could have film so when he moves on to next year’s four-year school, so he could get recruited,” he said.
“We wanted to have him get a start under his belt and there’s no quarterback controversy or anything like that.”
Mojarro also played sophomore quarterback’s Joseph Garcia and Jose Sanchez in the second half. Each threw a touchdown and combined for 155 passing yards.
According to Mojarro, Ladino will return to the starting lineup this weekend against Victor Valley College.
Despite both teams’ winless records coming into the game, ELAC Head Coach Steve Mojarro made sure his pre-game message was clear and concise and not to take their opponents’ record for granted.
“The message for us was to just to keep playing the way you guys have been practicing and eventually good things are going to happen to us,” Mojarro said.
“It’s one of those things where win or lose, the biggest thing they need to understand is that they’re representing our college. At the same time, they’re representing it at the fullest…We told them not to take this team lightly.”
An ELAC player muffed a punt in the first quarter, which led to a three-yard touchdown run by Compton running back Anthony Dooms to give the Tartars their only lead of the game.
Ontiveros an by throwing a 56-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Alex Alvarez to put the Huskies on the board. Alvarez finished the game with two touchdowns and 153 yards.
ELAC’s defense came out aggressive—so aggressive that sophomore defensive back Danny Robinson was ejected from the game in the second quarter for a helmet-to-helmet contact on one of the Compton’s wide receivers.
“My main goal was to hit the ball out,” Robinson said.
“I didn’t try to hurt the receiver or anything at all. It was just me making a play on the ball.”
During the postgame, Mojarro explained that they don’t teach helmet-to-helmet contact because of the safety of the players, but it’s part of the game.
He also said the play would be reviewed with the league commissioner and officials this week to see if the play was intentional or not. If the play is ruled intentional, Robinson would be suspended for this weekend’s game against Victor Valley.
ELAC improves to 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the SCC,. Compton (0-4) remains winless.
The Huskies host Victor Valley College (4-0), the top ranked team in the Southern California American Division poll, at Weingart Stadium this Saturday at 6 p.m.