The statistics are a bit staggering: East LA managed 232 yards rushing and 374 yards passing. The Huskies even made a fake punt play work, getting a 53-yard touchdown pass on the play. East LA ran 86 plays to just 44 for Glendale, holding the ball for more than 42 of the game's 60 minutes in what became a romp in the second half. And it all added up to East LA's largest margin of victory in a game since a 49-7 rout of Victor Valley in October, 1991.
Yet the game was close early on, tied after one quarter, and seemed to turn on three plays: a long kickoff return by Glendale's Timothy Broughton, what at first appeared to be a successful fourth-down conversion on a pass from Kevin Hunter to Elvis Fuentes deep in East LA territory and a fourth down play after a pair of huge plays by Glendale defensive end Daniel Cruz.
Each team had a long drive end inside the opponent's 5 yard-line in the first quarter, and the result was a short field goal for each team, so the quarter ended with the score tied, 3-3. Then after a Glendale punt, East LA put together a 16-play, 82-yard drive that was a sign of things to come, chewing up nearly nine minutes and ending with Marquel Booker scoring on a 3-yard run to give the Huskies a 10-3 with 9:13 left in the first half.
On the ensuing kickoff, Broughton caught the ball at his own 17 and burst through the ELAC coverage. But kicker Carlos Portillo, who is also a wide receiver, managed to slow him down long enough for the Huskies to tackle him at the ELAC 32. That saving tackle kept ELAC in the lead, 10-3.
And four plays later, Glendale faced a fourth down and 7 at the 25. Hunter threw a pass to Fuentes, who caught the ball along the left numeral, but as he passed the 15 yard-line Fuentes fumbled, and Nasir Moore recovered for the Huskies.
After that, East LA drove near midfield, but the drive stalled when Cruz first sacked quarterback Aaron Cantu for a 4-yard loss and then threw running back Justin Forte for a 7-yard loss. The Huskies then lined up to punt on 4th down. But Julio Segura, instead of kicking the ball away, lofted a long pass down the left hash marks to Lanny Delgado, who caught the ball in stride and carried it 53 yards for a touchdown to make it 17-3.
The Huskies got a bit of a gift three points just before halftime as for some reason Glendale called timeout (East LA was out of timeouts) as the first half clock was about to expire. East LA had gained a first down at the Vaquero 20 with 1.8 seconds left, but just after the officials re-started the clock Glendale called timeout and the clock stopped with 0.1 seconds left. Portillo gratefully accepted this gift and booted a 37-yard field goal as time expired to make it 20-3 at the break.
In the second half, the game became a rout for East LA, which scored touchdowns on its first four possessions and controlled the ball for 23:04 of the 30 minutes. Regular starting quarterback Mike Oliver, who did not play in the first half, completed 14 of his 17 passes in the second half and threw three touchdown passes as East LA pulled away. Glendale's Joe Wiggan scored a pair of touchdowns for the Vaqueros, but it was a case of too little, too late to threaten the Huskies.
For East LA, Oliver was 14 for 17 for 194 yards and 3 TDs, starting quarterback Aaron Cantu was 13 for 30 for 127 yards, and the fake punt play for 53 yards pushed the total to 374 passing yards. Carlos Arredondo led all receivers with 7 catches, good for 68 yards, and Luther Walker had 6 catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Louis O'Neal led East LA rushers with 53 yards on 8 carries but the Huskies totaled 232 yards on the ground for an impressive total of 606 yards of offense.
For Glendale, Hunter completed 11 of 22 passes for 142 yards, and he also averaged 50 yards per punt on two kicks. Wiggan had 88 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries to lead all rushers. Darren Morrow led Glendale with 6 catches for 74 yards.
East Los Angeles Huskies 48
Glendale Vaqueros 17
Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 7 pm – Sartoris Field, Glendale
G – FG Guerra 18 yds 9:35 (0-3)
E – FG Portillo 22 yds 5:01 (3-3)
E – Booker 3 yd run (Portillo kick) 9:13 (10-3)
E – Delgado 53 yd pass from Segura (Portillo kick) 2:17 (17-3)
E – FG Portillo 37 yds 0:00 (20-3)
E – Forte 21 yd run (Portillo kick) 11:10 (27-3)
E – Clark 16 yd pass from M.Oliver (Portillo kick) 4:27 (34-3)
G – Wiggan 2 yd run (Guerra kick) 3:21 (34-10)
E – Walker 13 yd pass from M.Oliver (Portillo kick) 12:14 (41-10)
G – Wiggan 50 yd run (Guerra kick) 12:01 (41-17)
E – Walker 28 yd pass from M.Oliver (Portillo kick) 5:32 (48-17)
Team Statistics: First Downs: Glendale 10 (5 rush, 4 pass, 1 penalty), East LA 35 (14 rush, 18 pass, 3 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Glendale 22-132, East LA 47-232
Passing Yds: Glendale 142, East LA 374
Comp-Att-Int: Glendale 11-22-0, East LA 28-39-0
Return Yds: Glendale 167, East LA 36
Sacks-Yds: Glendale 1-4, East LA 1-5
Fumbles-Lost: Glendale 1-1, East LA 1-0
Penalties-Yds: Glendale 9-75, East LA 13-107
Time of Possession: Glendale 17:37, East LA 42:23
Rushing: G 4-Wiggan 10-88, 23-Broughton 5-35, 2-Barrera-Sanchez 6-14, 9-Hunter 1-(-5); E 28-O'Neal 8-53, 5-Forte 8-40, 32-P.Oliver 4-32, 9-M.Oliver 5-27, 15-Cantu 6-27, 16-Booker 6-27, 8-J.Davis 2-15, 6-Walker 1-4, 2-Meredith 4-4, 26-Ibarra 1-2, 87-DeLeon 1-0, 30-Flores 1-(-3)
Passing: G 9-Hunter 11-22-0-142; E 9-M.Oliver 14-17-0-194, 3 TDs; 15-Cantu 13-20-0-127; 35-Segura 1-1-0-53, 1 TD; 8-J.Davis 0-1-0-0
Receiving: G 8-Morrow 6-74, 25-Carter 2-41, 4-Wiggan 2-10, 11-Fuentes 1-17; E 7-Arredondo 7-68, 6-Walker 5-74 19-Portillo 4-45, 32-P.Oliver 3-47, 21-Clark 3-42, 87-DeLeon 3-30, 11-Delgado 2-60, 16-Booker 1-8
Interceptions-Ret Yds: none
Fumble Rec-Ret Yds: G none; E 14-N.Moore 1-4
Sacks: G 90-Cruz 1-4, E 10-Gray 1-5
Punters: G 9-Hunter 2-50.0 avg; E 35-Segura 1-46
Kick Returns: G 23-Broughton 3-93, 3-Aikhionbare 2-70, 37-Lindsey 1-6; E 5-Forte 3-21
Punt Returns: G 3-Aikhionbare 1-(-2); E 21-McDuffie 1-11
Missed FG: none
Notes: Both teams entered 0-2. After East LA's 1st TD, Broughton returned the kickoff 51 yds but kicker Portillo made the saving tackle; Moore recovered a Fuentes fumble on that drive and by the time Glendale scored again ELAC was in control. Segura's pass to Delgado was on a fake punt. Cantu played the 1st half at QB for ELAC, M. Oliver played most of the 2nd half and Davis played the last series. This is ELAC's widest margin of victory since 10/26/91 (a 49-7 win over Victor Valley).