"Our coaches did a solid job of recruiting solid (running) backs," said Husky coach Lynn Cain. "Obviously (Pegues) is one of them. Nurturing the talent has been our biggest challenge. But it's been a fun challenge seeing guys like (Pegues) mature."
The Huskies (4-5 overall, 3-1 in conference) victory over Compton helped keep their playoff hopes alive. Next Saturday the Huskies host conference leader San Bernardino Valley College at Weingart Stadium at 6 p.m. with a possible playoff berth on the line.
"The number one thing we need to do is stay hungry and stay humble," said Husky sophomore defensive back Darius Turner, who recorded his third interception of the season in the game against Compton. "We need to just tap into our best abilities and believe that we can win. We just got to make sure we capitalize on every asset on offense, defense and special teams."
Halfway through the first quarter Pegues made his presence felt. He capped a five-play, 41-yard drive with a three-yard rushing touchdown to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter Husky quarterback Mike Oliver connected with wide receiver Michael Allen for a 22-yard score to double the Huskies' lead.
"(Oliver) had major knee surgery less than a year ago," said Cain. "What he's doing for us right now is just incredible. It's hard for him to rotate over his (previously injured) leg, but we have gotten him strong enough to the point where he can throw over the leg."
In front, 14-0, the Huskies kept barraging their defenseless opponents. With 8:46 remaining in the first half, Pegues rumbled into the end zone for the second time. A seven-play, 58-yard drive was concluded by a Pegues one-yard scoring run.
Compton (1-8, 0-4) running back Donald Malone's seven-yard touchdown made the score, 21-8, in favor of the Huskies at the break.
To begin the second half, the Huskies pounded the rock behind the bruising legs of Pegues. Pegues, less than five minutes into the third quarter, scored his third touchdown of the game on a 12-yard run to give the Huskies a dominating 28-8 advantage.
During the offseason, Pegues dropped 20 pounds for the current season. With starting tailback Aubrey Haynes nursing a shoulder injury during the last several weeks, the bulk of the rushing attack has fallen on broad shoulders of Pegues. For his performance on Oct. 30 against Victor Valley College, Pegues was voted Mountain Conference Player of the Week.