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'SEGAL's View From The Bleachers': ELAC starts 2-0 and SG loses, 56-14

  • By Shel Segal
091712SEGALsViewXMONTEREY PARK - The East Los Angeles College football team has started the season strong with two victories, beating host Los Angeles Valley College, 40-13, on Sept. 2 and winning at home against Santa Barbara City College with a late touchdown, 28-27, on Sept. 9.
Against Valley College, Schurr High grad quarterback Aaron Cantu led the way, completing 28 of 44 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns. He was also named conference player of the week for that performance.
"We're looking to get better," Cantu said. "We definitely didn't play our best game. We have a lot of potential. We're getting a few new guys and that should help."
ELAC first-year coach Steve Mojarro was pleased with the victory.
"We wanted to make sure a lot of our kids get experience in a college game," Mojarro said. "We wanted to see some of our kids and how they're performing now in their second year. They ended up doing really well. Our defense was ahead of our offense at times. Our offense started clicking toward the end."
Mojarro also had words of praise for Cantu.
"Aaron did really well," he said. "He was very, very poised under pressure in the pocket. He was able to manage the game really well for us. We're hoping he keeps improving on what he did for this game and keeps it up.
Trailing, 27-21, against Santa Barbara, running back Oliver Preston was able to get into the end zone with just a bit more than three minutes left in the game to give ELAC the win.
Cantu completed 32 of 49 passes against the Vaqueros for 387 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL, San Dimas High some revenge against San Gabriel High on Sept. 7 at home after losing to the Matadors in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division semifinals last season.
The Matadors couldn't stop the Saints' running game, giving up 90 yards and three touchdowns to Jake Payton and 292 yards total on the ground as they lost, 56-14, in a nonleague game.
San Dimas came out on all cylinders and led 49-0 at the half, forcing four turnovers and a blocked punt.
Fausto Martinez and Andrew Espinoza pitched in with two touchdowns each for the Saints.
The Matadors got on the board in the second half via two receiving touchdowns from running
back Joseph Mayorga. San Gabriel ended with 111 total offensive yards.
The Saints had no problem finding the end zone early and led, 21-0, after just four minutes had gone by. In fact, they scored on their first six possessions.
(Shel Segal can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and followed via Twitter @wvjournalsports.)

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