By Miguel Dominguez
The East Los Angeles College football team could not create a comeback as they lost to College of the Canyons 27-21. The Huskies had the ball at the seven-yard line. Quarterback Terrance Gipson completed a five-yard completion to Trejan Bridges but was met at the two-yard line by the defense as he got surrounded and tackled for the final play of the game.
Gipson completed 15 of the 31 pass attempts for a total of 122 yards and a touchdown pass.
The defense pressured Gipson forcing him to get out of the pocket.
The Huskies had a difficult time rushing the ball as they only had a total of 61 yards on 26 attempts. Both Gipson and running back CJ Tannyhill had the same number of rushing yards at 27 yards.
Wide receivers Bridges, Quintavius Workman, and Tyson Schilling each had a touchdown reception.
On the other side, College of the Canyons was strong, offensively mixing up the running and passing plays.
They had a total of 341 offensive yards, 168 rushing yards and 173 passing yards.
College of the Canyons scored first on a 3rd and 22. Quarterback Chayden Perry completed a pass to Joshua Littlebe.
Littlebe broke one tackle and evaded a second tackle to run, as ball all the way to the end zone. He dove to touch the pylon as he was getting tackled for the touchdown.
The Huskies answered right back on the next drive with a trick play. Gipson passed the ball to Jahsiah Sheffie and Sheffie passed the ball to Schilling for a wide open 16-yard touchdown. The Huskies were tied 7-7.
College of the Canyons responded by scoring a six-yard rushing touchdown by running back Damon Banks.
A 69-yard pass completion from Perry to receiver Calvin Littles helped set up the touchdown. The Huskies trailed 14-7.
In the second quarter, the Huskies struggled to score any points. The offense had well designed plays, but the College of the Canyons defense was prepared for them.
The Huskies were forced to punt the ball five times in the first half.
The Huskies worked toward a comeback after trailing in the first half 20-7.
The defense forced two back-to-back fumble recoveries in the second half, which led the offense to score two touchdowns.
Gipson completed a ten-yard touchdown to Bridges that made it 20-14.
Then another trick play from the Huskies was scored by wide receiver Quintavius Workman for a 33-yard touchdown pass.
Two passes were made on the play as the first pass came from Gipson to Kalani Washington on a swing pass and then Washington to Workman for the touchdown. This gave the Huskies the lead in the third quarter, 21-20.
College of the Canyons took back the lead when they scored a two-yard rushing touchdown from Cole Bullock. This brought the score to 27-21.
On the final drive, the Huskies started at their 13-yard line and fought their way through to get the ball to the College of the Canyons one yard line. This created a fresh set of downs. Unfortunately, a penalty call pushed them back at the seven-yard line.
The final offensive play for the Huskies ended with the five-yard completion to Bridges who came two yards short of the touchdown. The Huskies are now 4-4 on the season.
Next up, the Huskies will play against Bakersfield who previously lost to Long Beach college in overtime, 23-17.
The Huskies will receive Bakersfield on Saturday. Game starts at 6 p.m.