Football team bobbles season finale

By Dan Gudino 

The season finale game was lost by the football team at home to the No. 2 team out of the American Mountain Conference, San Bernardino Valley College, 36-27.

East Los Angeles College finished the season on a seven-game losing streak with a disappointing 2-8 record in 2015.

Into the fourth quarter ELAC was down 29-13, when a sign of hope was seen from freshman running back Josh Flores when he scored a 33-yard touchdown run to cut the lead by eight points, 29-21 with 6 minutes left in the season.

Flores in the game led the Huskies in rushing with 76 yards on 10 attempts as starting running back freshman Shaq Shelton nursed an ailing ankle sprain.

Shelton did suit up, but did not play, Shelton was the season leading rusher with 327 yards total in seven games played.

The nail to the coffin for the Huskies came with a perfect bomb pass by SBVC sophomore quarterback Daniel Epperson to sophomore wide receiver Mason Rutherford for 62 yards to extend its lead to 36-21.

The quick score from SBVC took 48 seconds leaving time for the Huskies to comeback from two scores with 5:30 on the clock.

Freshman backup quarterback Levi Wells came into the game in the fourth quarter after Marty was sat out after two interceptions, both INT were thrown towards the end zone for attempted scores, taking away points from the Huskies.

Wells made the best of his appearance by completing 50 percent of his passes and threw a touchdown to sophomore wide receiver Iheanyi Obinna for 9 yards, but like in the previous weeks four weeks the point after touchdown was missed.

If the extra point would of been made the Huskies would of been down a touchdown and a 2-point coversion, a one-possession game.

Instead freshman kicker Rafael Munoz kicked the ball off the right upright bar. That was the Huskies sixth extra point miss of the season as it finished 58th out 69 junior college teams in Southern California in extra point kicks.

The bad taste of the season made the game tense for the Huskies, as penalty after penalty was called. Unsportsmanlike conduct penalties were seen over and over.

Arguing, pushing and shoving matches occurred throughout the game between Huskies and SBVC players.

ELAC combined with SBVC had a total of 46 penalties for 531 yards. The Huskies gave away 11 free first downs, SBVC by itself converted four first downs in the game.

Both first-year head coaches Eric Marty of the Huskies and John Shipp of SBVC shared thoughts of the excessive penalties and extra curricular activity before and after plays, as they disagreed with the officiating crew’s constant call of fouls.

“It’s just a side of football you don’t want to see. The officiating crew might of excessively been over officiating the game, but on our side we can’t do what we did, I talked to my guys and told them this isn’t how we play football,” said Shipp.

“Junior college football has so many good elements to it, today wasn’t one of them. I think it was how the game was officiated, the game got chippy late because there was no flow. There’s so many penalties, we didn’t get a chance to just play ball. All we want is an opportunity to play the game and the refs were just so involved,” said Marty

The Huskies did not match the 3-7 record of the 2014 season and is out of postseason play for the fourth straight year since 2011.

In the American Mountain Conference, College of the Desert with a 6-4 record in the season edged out SBVC (9-1) and Victor Valley College (9-1) as the champions of the AMC.

Although Desert is the champ, it will not play in a bowl game this Saturday because of its record and the California Community College Athletic Association rankings.

Instead VVC will play host Santa Monica College in the American Division Championship Bowl at 6 p.m.

SBVC will play host LA Valley College in the Golden State Bowl at 6 p.m., Saturday.

 

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