Football team’s defense not enough to get the win

By Miguel Dominguez

The East Los Angeles football team lost a tight one against Allan Hancock college 23-19. Starting quarterback Terrence Gipson went 15 for 29 in attempted passes. 

Total yards gained were two hundred sixty two with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Gipson gained only 14 yards in five attempts. Both defenses were key early in the game.

In the first quarter, both teams struggled on offense. Allan Hancock scored first with a two-yard rushing TD by running back John Allen. 

Arath Acosta missed the extra point. The Huskies trailed 6-0. The Huskies answered in their next possession.

Kick returner Rene Zaldivar returned the ball 42 yards from the Huskies 8-yard line. 

The start of the drive began at the 50-yard line.  

The Huskies converted a third down with a five-yard passing touchdown from quarterback Gipson to receiver Quintavius Workman. 

Workman was already inside the goal line before being pushed out of the goal line, refs ruled him in at the time of the catch for a touchdown.

Huskies scored on the extra point, but was overturned for an illegal block during the attempt. The second attempt was at the Allan Hancock 18-yard line and was missed wide. 

Both teams were 6-6 and both teams missed the extra point. That was the final score of the quarter.

7:25 of the second quarter, Gipson completed a touchdown play action pass to receiver Tyson Schilling. Schilling left his defenders and was left wide open for an easy 40-yard touchdown. 

On the extra point attempt, Husky kicker Ethan Hernandez’s kick gets blocked by Allan Hancock defender Vic Garnes. 

Garnes returned the ball to the endzone for a touchdown, but would get called back for a forward lateral pass. Huskies led 12-6.

Just before the half ended, Allan Hancock settled for a 30-yard field goal. The Huskies still led 12-9.  

Allan Hancock quarterback Jackson Clavel finds receiver Raymond Paulo on a play action swing pass for a 66-yard touchdown. 

Paulo broke a tackle that gave him the open field to score. 

Kicker Ray Seabury scored the extra point to make it 16-12 Allan Hancock.

Gipson threw another touchdown pass to receiver Trejan Bridges. Bridges made an easy catch as his defender outran him. 

Gipson also threw behind Bridges which also helped Bridges to secure the ball and cross the endzone for the six points. 

With the extra point, the score was 19-16.

In the fourth quarter, Clavel completed a 14-yard passing touchdown to receiver Jaleel Walker. 

Walker jumped to catch the ball from his outstretched defender for a touchdown. 

Huskies trailed 23-19 with 14:49 to go in the quarter.

The Huskies’ first drive in the fourth quarter came out empty, as the defense for Allan Hancock continued to dominate the offense. The Huskies also kept Allan Hancock quiet as they kept the score to a one-possession game.

The Huskies got close to taking the lead in the fourth quarter. 

At Allan Hancock’s eight-yard line, the Huskies attempted a pass to his receiver but threw the ball behind him where the defender Sidney Jefferie picked it off for a 42-yard return, with 4:36 to go. Allan Hancock wasted most of the time to give the Huskies the ball back with 30 seconds to go. 

The Huskies ended their drive with another interception thrown by Gipson to defender Jefferie.  

Defense was a major factor in the low scoring game for both teams. The Huskies attempted 23 rushing plays in the entire game. 

The total amount of rushing was only 57 yards.

Allan Hancock had a total of 181 rushing yards on 51 attempts. 

One of the reasons why the Huskies won their last game against Cerritos was by mixing in the rushing game. 

The Huskies’ defense kept it close, but they couldn’t find their rhythm offensively.

The Huskies will host Long Beach City College this Saturday.The game begins at 6 p.m.  

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