No. 11-Ranked Huskies lose to No. 7 Southwestern College

(Photo by Tadzio Garcia)
(Photo by Tadzio Garcia)

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — For the second straight week, the No. 11-ranked (SCFA National Div. Poll 9/17) East Los Angeles College football team outplayed their opponent only to lose from their mistakes.  

On paper, one would think ELAC won a defensive clash. They outgained Southwestern in total offense 194-151 with more passing (135-124) and rushing (59-27) yards and more first downs (16-13).

It was the Huskies special teams fluke plays, a fumble and key penalties that led to most of the Jaguars points and a victory for No. 6 Southwestern over ELAC, 38-17.

“Southwestern was a good, well-disciplined team who took advantage of our mistakes,” said freshman quarterback Miguel Aguero (Schurr HS). “The defense did a great job holding their own and keeping us in the (contest) for the majority of the game.”

Less than three minutes into the game, ELAC fumbled at its 24-yard line, which led to Southwestern’s first score, which took three plays. The Jaguars scored again on a blocked Husky punt and a 23-yard touchdown return and led 14-0 with 7:25 left in the first quarter.

ELAC outgained Southwestern 87 to 2 in yards entering the second quarter. The only score in the second was from a 9-play, 45-yard Southwestern field goal drive that put the Jaguars up 17-0.

A wild third quarter began with the Huskies limiting the Jaguars opening drive to two yards. ELAC followed with a 7-play, 40-yard drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown run from sophomore running back Cannan Chandler (Grace Brethren HS) that put the Huskies on the board, down 17-7.

ELAC freshman kicker Ricky Quintero’s kickoff was 57 yards, however, Jaguar DeAngelo Howard returned 92 yards for a touchdown. The Jaguars led 24-7. In two games, it was the second 92-yard kickoff return the Huskies gave up.

ELAC followed with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Wide receiver Terrell Robinson was a yard short of tying a 40-year ELAC record. ELAC was down 24-14 at the 8:33 mark in the third quarter.

After an ELAC punt with 5:49 left in the third, the Huskies followed with three straight penalties for 33 yards, handing Southwestern a 1st-and-goal from the 6-yard line. The Jaguar’s then scored on a 6-yard run and led 31-14 in the third.

ELAC quarterback Paul Herrera led the Huskies to a 6-play, 21-yard drive that led to a freshman kicker Juan Rangel (Mendez HS) 38-yard field goal.

Southwestern returned a Quintero 38-yard punt 32 yards to set up the final score, a 4-play, 23-yard touchdown drive with 7:44 left in the game for the game.

Aguero threw for 113 yards (16-of-25). Chandler carried 17 times for 43 yards and a touchdown. He hauled in 5 passes for 39 yards, both tops for ELAC. outside linebacker Garrett Rogers, an American Division / Metro League First-Team Defense recipient last season, had 13 tackles and a quarterback sack for a Jaguar six-yard loss.


The Huskies, 2-3 overall, have a bye next Saturday and return to action in two weeks with its first-ever National Conference Northern League contest hosting No. 8 Long Beach City College (3-2) in Weingart Stadium beginning at 6 p.m.

The Huskies can defeat Long Beach If a more disciplined team shows up. “All we have to do is play our game, subtract the common mistakes and just take what they give us—simply do our job,” said Aguero.

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