By Andrew Ruiz
Mental mistakes and lack of attention to detail was East Los Angeles College’s downfall a 47-14 loss against undefeated Victor Valley College, No. 1-ranked in the Southern California American Division, Oct. 4 at home.
“We made some mistakes—some busted plays,” ELAC Head Coach Steve Mojarro said. “We just got to prepare better for the next game.”
ELAC quarterback Michael Ladino, returned to the starting lineup for the Huskies after sitting out last week at El Camino College Compton Center, completed 5-for-19 of his passes for 77 yards.
Ladino also threw one touchdown pass and two interceptions before suffering what seemed to be a sprained elbow in the second quarter, according to Mojarro. Ladino didn’t return to the game after the injury.
Ladino is expected to miss two weeks. Teammate Charlie Ontiveros will start as quarterback this Saturday as the Huskies, 1-3 overall, host Pasadena City College (2-3) at 6 p.m in a non-conference game.
The Huskies were trying to keep their winning streak alive after last week’s American Mountain Conference opener win at Compton Center and give Victor Valley (5-0) its first loss of the season.
Unfortunately, the Rams’ quarterback, Paul Mroz, had different plans. Mroz completed 21-of-33 passes for 429 yards, throwing four touchdowns and two touchdowns.
The Rams drew blood and took an early 10-0 lead over the Huskies. The Huskies answered back with a 26-yard pass from Ladino to Joshua Taylor to cut the lead to three.
Mroz and the Rams’ offense continued to dominate the Huskies taking a 40-7 lead before sophomore running back Will Randolph scored a 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for ELAC.
Randolph tried to rally up his team in the second half in hopes of a comeback, but the Huskies never scored again in the game.
“It’s mental mistakes. This team was not physically better than us,” Randolph said. “We run every day and go hard every practice. Now it’s up to us.”
The Huskies will try to get their first home win of the season against Pasadena.
“Pasadena is a real good coached team. We definitely need to make sure we correct all the mistakes,” said Mojarro. “We have to put everybody in the right place. They’re going to be exactly like Victor Valley.”