MONTEREY PARK - Having assured itself of winning at least a share of its first conference football title in 37 years, East Los Angeles College can win the Mountain Conference championship outright Saturday night with a victory at San Bernardino Valley College.
ELAC is 6-3 overall and 4-0 in the Mountain Conference, a game ahead of Mt. San Jacinto College (5-4, 3-1). San Bernardino Valley (4-5, 2-2) is third.
As the champion of the Mountain Conference, the Huskies will play the winner of the Pacific Conference for the American Division championship. Santa Monica College and West Los Angeles College are tied for first place and headed for a showdown Saturday to settle the Pacific Conference championship.
ELAC defeated El Camino College Compton Center, 45-13, Saturday at home to win its first title since 1974 and fifth in the history of the college.
Moreover, at six games, the Huskies have equaled their longest unbeaten streak since 1983 and have won six straight for the first time since 1974. ELAC also won conference titles in 1949, 1968 and 1971.
Coach Lynn Cain played on ELAC's1974 Southern California Conference championship team that went on to defeat San Jose City College in the Shrine Potato Bowl for the state title.
"I remember how proud I was to have played on a conference championship team," Cain said. "It's great to see my players experience a conference championship. They worked hard all season to get here."
Quarterback Aaron Cantu led the Huskies to the win over Compton, as the freshman from Schurr High School passed for 343 yards and five touchdowns. He completed 26 of 38 passes with no interceptions.
Compton entered the game winless but determined to end their drought. After receiving the opening kickoff, the Tartars (0-9, 0-4) went 67 yards in 11 plays with Daemound Biddle scoring on an eight-yard run to take a 7-0 lead.
It was all Huskies after that.
A five-yard touchdown run by Cantu tied the score and his 42-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Arredondo - both who attended Schurr High - gave ELAC a 14-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Arredondo had another outstanding performance with a game-high seven receptions for 95 yards.
The Huskies scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 33-7 at halftime.
The scores came on Cantu's TD passes of 37 yards to Chris Clark and four yards to Luther Walker and a five-yard run by Louis Oneal.
Oneal, a sophomore from Hamilton High School, led the Huskies on the ground with 111 yards on only 10 carries.
In the third quarter, ELAC's Christopher DeLeon caught a 12-yard pass for a touchdown. Jesus Flores had a six-yard touchdown reception in the fourth.
Walker finished the game with six receptions for 87 yards. Clark caught four for 90 yards and DeLeon grabbed four for 45 yards.