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Huskies Inconsistent In AVC Loss

  • By Freddy Aleman
MONTEREY PARK - 10/02/2010 - Consistency continues to be an issue for the East Los Angeles College football team, as it dropped its fourth game of the season, 31-27, Saturday night to visiting Antelope Valley College.

"It's a tough, disappointing loss," said Husky coach Lynn Cain after the game. "(Our) players and coaches after the game were upset, because today we felt this was a game we had a chance to win."

For the second consecutive week, the Husky defense struggled to stop the run. The Marauders rushed for 168 yards on the ground, who were led by running back Ron Scott's 148 yards on 20 carries with one score.

"We started the game strong as we forced a three-and-out (on the Marauder opening drive) and a turnover (afterwards)," said Husky defensive lineman Chris McCoy. "It just seems this year we can't maintain momentum. We get things rolling but something (bad) always seems to happen."

Winless heading into Saturday's game, the Marauders (1-4) took advantage of the mistake-prone Huskies (1-4). After falling behind, 3-0, following a 22-yard Eduardo Rodriguez field goal, it was the Marauder defense that stepped up and change the game. An interception return for a touchdown by defensive back Anthony Edwards gave the Marauders their first lead of the match, 7-3, 6:16 into the game.

Just one minute later, a 69-yard touchdown run by tailback Ron Scott up the middle of a lethargic Husky defense, increased the visiting Marauders lead to 14-3 halfway through the first quarter.

The Husky offense on the ensuing drive drove down the field steadily with an exceptional nine-play, 72-yard scoring drive. Following a crucial 24-yard run on fourth down by tailback Aubrey Haynes to place the ball at the Marauder three-yard line, a three-yard touchdown grab by wideout Anthony Denham cut the visitors' lead to 14-10 heading into the second quarter.

During the second quarter the Marauders kept clawing away at an inconsistent Husky team. An 18-yard field goal by place kicker Kyle Steffes and a 50-yard touchdown catch by Kenny Harmon put the Marauders in front, 24-10, at halftime.

"We came out fighting hard but what happened in the second half was that we weren't able to be consistent," said Ragland. "We had a lot of bad calls that went against us, but we need to keep our heads up heading into our next practice."

The Huskies head into their bye week with many issues before their Oct. 16 opening conference game against San Diego Mesa College.

After the game Cain said he is undecided who will be the signal caller of the Huskies game against Mesa.

"We need to work on our timing," said Cain, referring to the Huskies' passing wows on offense. "We need to find a way to get our offense producing. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but we can still accomplish what we need."

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