Santos threw a 51-yard scoring pass to Ceejhay French-Love on the game's second play from scrimmage, setting to the tone for the afternoon just 43 seconds into the game. East LA (6-2, 4-0) would go on to score on each of its first 5 possessions of the game – despite holding the ball for just 6:29 on those drives combined – and took control with a 28-point first quarter, leading handily the rest of the way.
Marquis Arnold scored on a 16-yard run and Dominique Lee scored on a 12-yard run for East LA, while the Huskies' defense forced two West LA punts and pushed the Wildcats back for a net total of minus-23 yards on their first two possessions. Santos scored on a 54-yard keeper to push the Huskies' lead to 28-0 at the end of the first quarter.
West LA (5-4, 3-1) finally got on the board when Jorge Reyna, who entered the game averaging a state-leading 379.6 yards passing per game, threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Justin Garrett to cap a 13-play, 73-yard drive. But Santos answered just 2:15 later with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Kyeree Wallace. Then back-up quarterback Levi Wells entered and promptly completed a 47-yard pass to Kenny Allen followed by a 23-yard touchdown pass to French-Love to give East LA a 42-7 halftime lead.
West LA scored the first touchdown of the second half when Reyna connected with Joshua Smith for a 25-yard scoring pass two plays after Rasheed Cox returned a punt 41 yards to the ELAC 28. And the Wildcats got the ball back just over a minute later when the defense forced an East LA punt, with the West LA offense taking over at its own 33 with 10:06 still left in the third quarter.
But moments later Reyna missed connections on a handoff, and Daniel Belton recovered the fumble for East LA at the Wildcat 41. Four plays later Santos threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Cemaj Douglas to give East LA a 49-13 lead. That was Santos' last pass of the game, but Wells re-entered for the next series and again stated fast, throwing a 52-yard touchdown pass to Allen to stretch East LA's lead to 56-13.
The teams traded scores over the last 16 minutes of the game, with Reyna scoring on a 28-yard run and throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Cox for the Wildcats. Wells threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Allen for one East LA score. Shiloh Jordan scored on a 5-yard run for the Huskies' other touchdown.
This was a total team win for the Huskies, who are now in control of their own destiny in the American-Metro. Santos finished 8 for 18 passing for 154 yards and 3 touchdowns passing, and he also scored on the 54-yard run. Wells was 5 for 9 passing for 178 yards and 3 touchdowns. Arnold had 68 yards and a touchdown rushing on just 7 carries. Allen had 4 receptions for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns, and French-Love had 2 catches for 74 yards, both catches being for touchdowns. The defense had 7 quarterback sacks, with Christopher Blanton registering 3 of them and Belton registering 2 and also recovering a fumble. Kicker/Punter Vicente Luis Juan made all 10 of his extra point tries, kicked off 11 times with no returns longer than 25 yards, and he also punted 6 times for a 35.8-yard average.
For West LA, Reyna completed 31 of 44 passes for 276 yards and 3 touchdowns, and he also scored on a 28-yard run. That pushes his total for the season to 36 touchdown passes, which leads the state. Kejuante Austin rushed 22 times for 99 yards. Daniel Bell caught a game-high 10 passes for 78 yards. Cox had 7 catches for 46 yards and a touchdown, and Smith had 5 catches for 74 yards and a score.
The win gives the Huskies and first-year head coach Bobby Godinez a 1-game lead over West LA and Santa Ana in the American Division Metro Conference race. East LA has now beaten both of those teams – the Huskies edged Santa Ana, 26-21, on October 1st – and will finish the regular season with home games against Pasadena and Glendale.
East Los Angeles Huskies
West Los Angeles Wildcats 26
Saturday, October 29, 2016 – 1 pm – West LA College, Culver City
American Division – Metro Conference
E – French-Love 51 yd pass from Santos (Luis Juan kick) 14:17 (7-0)
E – Arnold 16 yd run (Luis Juan kick) 12:25 (14-0)
E – Lee 12 yd run (Luis Juan kick) 7:42 (21-0)
E – Santos 54 yd run (Luis Juan kick) 2:35 (28-0)
W – Garrett 9 yd pass from Reyna (Aguilar kick) 12:44 (28-7)
E – Wallace 12 yd pass from Santos (Luis Juan kick) 10:29 (35-7)
E – French-Love 23 yd pass from Wells (Luis Juan kick) 2:25 (42-7)
W – J.Smith 25 yd pass from Reyna (pass failed) 11:24 (42-13)
E – Douglas 43 yd pass from Santos (Luis Juan kick) 5:39 (49-13)
E – Allen 52 yd pass from Wells (Luis Juan kick) 2:13 (56-13)
W – Reyna 28 yd run (Aguilar kick) 0:19 (56-20)
E – Allen 60 yd pass from Wells (Luis Juan kick) 14:54 (63-20)
E – Jordan 5 yd run (Luis Juan kick) 12:19 (70-20)
W – Cox 5 yd pass from Reyna (kick blocked) 9:10 (70-26)
First Downs: West LA 26 (9 rush, 16 pass, 1 penalty), East LA 16 (6 rush, 9 pass, 1 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: West LA 48-121, East LA 33-172
Passing Yds: West LA 276, East LA 332
Comp-Att-Int: West LA 31-44-1, East LA 13-27-0
Return Yds: West LA 156, East LA 126
Sacks-Yds: West LA 4-15, East LA 7-53
Fumbles-Lost: West LA 5-1, East LA 0-0
Penalties-Yds: West LA 10-100, East LA 12-112
Time of Possession: West LA 36:29, East LA 23:41
Rushing: W 3-Kejuante Austin 22-99, 11-Reyna 22-49, 5-Cox 1-12, 16-Bell 1-8, team 2-(-47); E 22-Arnold 7-68, 9-Santos 6-36, 25-Mosley-Laughlin 8-29, 23-Lee 4-28, 4-Jordan 4-13, 14-Wells 1-2, 45-A.Martinez 1-1, 12-Soto 2-(-5)
Passing: W 11-Jorge Reyna 31-44-1-276, 3 TDs; E 14-Levi Wells 5-9-0-178, 3 TDs; 9-Jonathan Santos 8-18-0-154, 3 TDs
Receiving: W 16-Daniel Bell 10-78, 5-Cox 7-46, 89-J.Smith 5-74, 85-Hughes 4-36, 3-Austin 3-26, 84-Garrett 1-9, 22-Christian Williams 1-7; E 19-Kenny Allen 4-155, 1-Douglas 3-60, 37-French-Love 2-74, 4-Jordan 1-14, 3-Wallace 1-12, 85-Peterson 1-11, 23-Lee 1-6
Sacks-Yds: W 31-Devereaux 1-7, 40-Christopher Williams 1-5, 99-Haynes 1-2, 35-Beroit 1-1; E 42-Christopher Blanton 3-21, 50-Belton 2-11, 10-Quarles 1-15, 53-Junious Brown 1-6
Interceptions-Ret Yds: W none; E 56-T.Brown 1-12
Fumble Rec-Ret Yds: W none; E 50-Belton 1-0
Punters: W 18-Orizaba 6-28.2 avg; E 98-Luis Juan 6-35.8 avg
Kick Returns: W 84-Garrett 5-64, 14-Thompson 2-17, 89-J.Smith 1-25, 22-Christian Williams 1-13; E 11-Whitehead 2-29, 1-Douglas 1-14, 37-French-Love 1-13, 31-Degraffinreaidt 1-11
Punt Returns: W 5-Cox 2-46, 84-Garrett 2-(-2), 16-Bell 1-(-7); E 1-Douglas 5-47
Missed FG: none
Notes: East LA improves to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in conference; ELAC entered ranked #3 in American Division. West LA entered ranked #6 in American and falls to 5-4, 3-1. Santos started at QB for ELAC and the Huskies scored TDs on their first 5 possessions (6:29 total possession time). 63-Acevado blocked the pass that Brown intercepted. 93-Vea blocked the XPA for ELAC.