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ELAC Picks Up Win Over VVC

  • By Freddy Aleman
MONTEREY PARK - 10/30/2010 - Led by Anthony Denham's seven catches for 104 yards and two first half touchdowns, the East Los Angeles College football team hung on to a 26-21 win over Victor Valley College Saturday night in a Mountain Conference game.

"This was the first game where (the coaches) really started me," said Denham. "I missed a couple of practices last week and when you miss a practice you're not allowed to start. But I was lucky to get the opportunity to start (today) and I made the difference."

Denham's exceptional performance was entirely in the first half. Late in second quarter just before halftime, he left the game injured as he pulled his groin.

"I pulled my groin late in the (second) quarter," Denham said. "I was stretching on the sideline (afterwards) but it wasn't getting any better. The doctors decided to sit me out for the second half."

During the first half the Huskies (3-5 overall, 2-1 in conference) jumped out to a commanding 19-0 lead. Consecutive 19-yard scores by Denham and a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Mike Oliver put the Huskies well out in front.

Late before halftime a one-yard scoring run by Victor Valley quarterback Ray Wilson made the score 19-7 at the break.

To start the third quarter the Huskies mounted a terrific offensive possession as 10-play, 74-yard drive was capped off by tailback Isam Pegues to give the Huskies a 26-7 lead.

"(Isam) during the offseason paid the price by running and conditioning (better)," Husky coach Lynn Cain said of Pegues, who had a game-high 155 yards rushing on 34 carries and one touchdown. "We are seeing the fruits of his hard work."

Seemingly with the game out of reach, Victor Valley (2-6, 2-1) made the game close late. Scores by running back Jerrelle Green and Wilson cut the Huskies lead to just five-points with five minutes remaining in the game.

However interceptions by Joel Green and Ryan Beatty preserved the Huskies' victory.

"Our defense you can has been playing shutdown type of defense," said Cain. "Our kids are hustling, make big plays and that's what we expect of them."

The Husky offense for two and a half quarters was stellar moving the ball up and down the field. But after stalling out late in the third and fourth quarter against Victor Valley, Cain hopes to put four quarters of consistent football together next week against Compton College.

"Offensively we got to get back to the drawing board," said Cain. "There are always things you can improve on and offensively we got to play better in the second half."

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