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ELAC Pounded By College Of The Canyons

  • By Freddy Aleman
MONTEREY PARK - 9/25/2010 - The barbaric ground attack of College of the Canyons proved too much to handle for the Huskies of East Los Angeles College, as they were defeated, 33-6, Saturday night during a nonconference game.

The Cougars (3-1) steady rushing attack led by tailback Ryan Zirbel, who ran for 62 yards on 11 carries, out gained the Huskies (1-3) on the ground 223-4.

"The effort was there but we played against a good team," said Husky coach Lynn Cain after the game. "Our team never gave up. They kept on playing hard. The game was not as easy as (College of the Canyons) would have thought."

From the opening drive the Huskies would find themselves in a hole, as a Chris Rivas 14-yard touchdown reception put the Cougars in front, 7-0, four minutes into the game.

Trailing early on the Husky defense once again stepped up and made a critical play. Husky defensive back Jeremy Harris intercepted a pass from Cougar quarterback Justin Arias, as he returned errant pass 25 yards for the touchdown. Eduardo Rodriquez's extra-point attempt was blocked, making the score 7-6 in favor of the Cougars.

After scoring their first touchdown everything seemed to have gone downhill from there on for the Huskies. An interception returned for a touchdown by Josh Irvin and a 29-yard field goal by place kicker Everett Goldberg put the visiting Cougars ahead, 17-6, after one quarter of play.

Halfway through the second quarter a tremendous nine-play, 45-yard drive was capped off by an Emanuel Osuchukwu one-yard rushing score, putting the Cougars in front, 23-6, at halftime.

In the second half not much improved for the Huskies. An opening touchdown by Zirbel gave the Cougars a commanding 30-6 lead after three quarters of play.

A fourth quarter 40-yard field goal by Goldberg gave the Cougars a comfortable 33-6 victory.

Although there weren't too many bright spots for the Huskies, a relevant surprise was quarterback Mike Oliver. Oliver earlier during the week on Thursday was questionable for the game after coming down with food poisoning. However Oliver had the best game of his season, leading the Huskies offense, completing 17 of 36 pass attempts for 207 yards with one interception.

Cain said the Oliver wasn't named the starting quarterback until moments before the game.

"The defense all year has been hustling and not giving up," said Cain. "(College of the Canyons) only scored 33 points, which is good because (College of the Canyons) thought they were going to score more points."

Although the Husky front seven was pounded all day, the defensive backs did a great job in limiting the Cougar air-attack. The Cougars only mustered up 107 yards through the air. Husky defensive workhorse Darius Turner led the secondary once again, recording eight tackles and forcing one fumble.

Even though the Husky offense struggled for most of the game, Husky wide receiver Michael Allen had a tremendous individual game, catching nine passes for 117 yards.

The next Husky football game is Oct. 2 as the team hosts Antelope Valley College at 6 p.m.

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