Note From The Editor: We bring you the game review from the “Huskies” loss to the Southern California Football Association’s (SCFA) #1 ranked and undefeated Victor Valley College “Rams” (Division: American- Conference: Mountain) from last Saturday’s conference road game. The season moves forward into Week #6 and Coach Eric Marty had this to say when asked for his game recap. “VVC (5-0) is a good team with a lot of talent. Our players did a great job going out and competing, and willing their way back into the game after a slow start. As disappointing a result as it was, we understand what we are capable of and will keep working to play our best game of the season next week (vs. Pasadena).”
The symbolic “fireworks” were going off from the very start of the game, as evidenced by the amount of scoring that occurred. VVC went right to work by scoring their “Trifecta Combo” (one 7 yd. pass, one 4 yd.run, and one 36 yd. field goal) in the first 12 minutes. The Huskies went to the air on their only score in the quarter when QB/Brian Marty found his select target in Iheayani Obinna for a 58 yd. TD. The score was 16-7 at the end of the 1st period. In the 2nd period, the Rams added 2 more scores by virtue of two identical 91 yd drives which were capped off by 2 passing TDs. Marty ran the Huskies’ second TD in from the 1 yd. line. The halftime score read Rams (30) Huskies (14).
The 3rd quarter would see the Huskies score at the 9:30 mark on a second Marty rushing TD that went for 8 yds. This became the closest that they would get to the Rams at (30-21). The Rams put up one score in the quarter at the 1:38 mark and closed it out at (37-21). The 4th period saw the Rams score three more times on drives that were 66, 31, and 24 yds in length. Not surprising at all, and in light of the fact that the Huskies turned the ball over an inordinant number of times, their opponent easily capitalized on these opportunities to extend their leads. The final stat sheet “turnover totals” showed Huskie runners losing two of three fumbles and their QB being held accountable for five interceptions during the course of the game.
When the scoreboard clock had no time left on it, the final score read, Victor Valley (58), East L.A. College (21) . In the final look at the game through the stats magnifying glass, it was obvious that the defense may have faltered and struggled more than usual due to their being on the field for 35 of the 60 game minutes. That correction will be made by Coach Marty and his staff before the next game against Pasadena City College on Saturday. With the loss, the “Huskies” dropped to (2-2) overall and (1-1) in SCFA play.
Looking on the brighter and positive side of building his program, Coach Marty and his “Huskies” drew enough looks from the conference’s coaches voting committee to earn themselves a #8 ranking in the SCFA’s (Division: American-Conference:Mountain) 9/21/15 poll and hopefully this good news will keep the team focused on improving each and every week for the rest of the 2015 season. Nice recognition on the team’s progress and the respect it has quickly earned in Southland JC football. Go Huskies!! Rico Cabrera, Sr./Editor, EastLASportsScene.Com
ELAC First Downs: Passing 13/Rushing 8/Penalty 1; Net Yds Passing: 250; Net Yds Rushing: 58; Penalties: Number-Yds/14-163; Fumbles: Number-Lost/3-2; VVC Interceptions: Number-Yds/5-100; Time of Possession: ELAC 24:09/VVC 35:51.
Offense: QB/Brian Marty 12-29/235/2 TDs/4 INTs; RB/Matthew Tafoya 7/28/4.0/Long-14 yds/1 Fumble Lost; WR/Iheanyi Obinna 5/151/30.2/Long 58 yds/1 TD; WR/Trey Adkins 2/43/21.5/Long-36 yds.
Defense: DB/Robert Douglas/6 Solo/1 Asst/7 Total; DB/Randy Portillo/3 Solo/3 Asst/6 Total; DB/Adrian Rodriguez & LB/Jose Aguero/3 Solos/2 Assts/5 Total (each); DL/Mark Avila/4 Solo/1 Asst/5 Total/1 Tackle For Loss; LB/Kevin Gomez/4 Solo/4 Total.
Credits: SCFA; CCCAA; Richard Thomas, Victor Valley College Scorekeeper; Tadzio Garcia, ELAC players’ sideline photo, ELAC Intern, Athletics Department.
Next: Pasadena City College (PCC) @ Pasadena, Sat. 10/10 @ 6 pm.