By Diego Linares
The football team was an extra point away from heading to overtime against College of the Desert on Saturday in a 21-20 loss.
The Huskies’ aerial attack in the second half kept them in a game in which four turnovers and a missed kick led to a COD win in Weingart Stadium.
A touchdown pass from Marty to wide-open freshman running back Shaquille Shelton with 5:18 left in the game gave the ELAC crowd some life as the score was 21-20.
Freshman kicker and punter Vicente Luis Juan then came onto the field, lined up for the Huskies to tie, and missed the extra point wide left.
ELAC’s defense held its own against the leaders of the Mountain Division, but the offense’s inept ability to score in the second and third quarters also proved costly.
“Our defense played great. Our defense did what they needed to win,” said Head Coach Eric Marty. “We did enough offensively to get back in it, but we let them hang around. We didn’t cash things in and turned the ball over in the end-zone, and that was the difference.”
After their first touchdown of the fourth quarter, ELAC attempted an onside kick that failed to make it past ten yards from the line of scrimmage and gave COD the ball on their own 42-yard line.
COD mustered a seven-play scoring drive with a short field ahead of them, then ran the clock down to 13 seconds in their second possession and sealed the win by not allowing any last second heroics.
The end of the second and third quarters ended in similar fashion with the Huskies down near the end zone, the quarterback droping back, and the drive ending in a turnover.
According to COD Head Coach Jack Steptoe, he told his team coming in that game, although they’re undefeated in conference play this season, they shouldn’t take ELAC lightly.
“I thought our defense made some crucial plays to change the momentum,” said coach Steptoe. “Sometimes it does get down to the X’s and O’s, but I always believe in Moes and Joes too.”
Sophomore receivers Leonard Taylor and Iheanyi Obinna caught 15 passes for 141 yards. Freshman running back Shaquille Shelton ran for 119 yards from scrimmage on 24 touches and a touchdown.
The Huskies fell to a 2-5 overall record and 1-3 in conference play after the loss with three games left on their schedule.
Freshman kicker and punter Vicente Luis Juan lined up for the Huskies and missed the last extra point wide left.
ELAC quarterbacks Marty and Levi Wells combined for 28 completions and 283 yards on 36 attempts.
ELAC will travel to San Diego Mesa College, who is winless in conference games this season, on Saturday at 1 p.m.