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ELAC Offense Wakes Up Against GCC

  • By Freddy Aleman
MONTEREY PARK - 9/18/10 - It was an easy victory for the East Los Angeles College football team on Saturday night, as the Huskies comfortably defeated visiting Glendale College, 33-13.

Led by returning All-American wide receiver Anthony Denham, who had 10 catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns, Glendale (0-3) was no match for the Huskies' prowess.

"We got three receivers that came back (from injury), so it made a huge difference offensively," said Husky coach Lynn Cain.

The Huskies (1-2) weren't just counting on the return of Denham, but they were also excited with the re-emergence of fellow wideout Michael Allen, who missed the first two games of the regular-season due to injury.

"It feels good to be back on the field and playing with my teammates," said Allen after the game. "There isn't anything else like being on the field. Anthony and I make big difference because it opens up the slot (positions) for the other receivers."

Although the Husky offense finally showed glimpses of the tremendous force that they were last season, it's the Huskies' defense that keeps turning heads. Defensive back Darius Turner continued his stellar play in the secondary, as he intercepted a pass for the second consecutive week.

"We have been working real hard," said Turner. "I have to give credit to the defensive line, because they're the ones forcing the passes for the defensive backs to get interception from."

Aside from Turner, Husky defensive lineman Chris McCoy once again led the charge for the defense. McCoy had five tackles, including two and a half sacks and a tackle for loss.

"The defense has matured a lot," said Cain, talking about his veteran defensive unit that returned seven starters this season. "Last season the players were getting used the speed and physical play of junior college football. We got plenty of guys that can play football, but this season they have done a great job in learning our system. With the physicality of McCoy, (Gary) Ruvalcaba, Joel Green and the secondary, it has defiantly helped our defense step up their game. "

From the onset, the Huskies looked stellar on both sides of the ball. The Husky defense on the opening Glendale drive forced a three-and-out series. On their second offensive possession, the Huskies looked a lot more fluent with the return of wideouts Allen and Denham.

The Huskies scored the opening points, as freshman quarterback Mike Oliver connected with Denham for an 11-yard pitch-and-catch score.

Following a 60-yard touchdown run by Glendale running back Antonio Bray, which made the score 7-6, the Huskies halfway through the second quarter would start to click on all cylinders offensively. A three-play, 50-yard drive was capped off by a Darion Green-Simpson touchdown reception.

To start the second half, the Huskies would put the game out of reach, as scores by Denham and Eric McHenry would put the Huskies ahead, 27-6, after three quarters of play.

During the fourth quarter scores by Husky Green-Simpson and Glendale wide receiver Kyle Cota capped the final score.

Next week the Huskies face their stiffest competition of the season as they take on College of the Canyons. A victory over College of the Canyons would go a long way a legitimizing the Husky football program.

"(Next week) is not just the biggest game of our season, but the biggest game for our (football) program" said Cain. "We are fully aware of the level of competition, but we know the talent is here. It's going to be interesting to see our guys step up to the challenge."

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