COC Football Rolls Past East L.A.

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Brian Lewis has the highlights from the COC Football game at East L.A. Photographed by Brian Lewis and Cory Rubin, edited by Brian Lewis.

Monterey Park – College of the Canyons football rolls past East L.A. on Saturday night at Weingart Stadium. In a game where the offense continue to struggle to get it going, the defense steps up to shut down the Huskies.

With a 33-6 win, COC’s defense shut out the East L.A. (1-3) offense with their only scoring coming off an interception returned for a touchdown.

The Cougars (3-1) offense started the game well with Justin Arias hooking up with Chris Rivas in the back of the end zone for a one handed snag to give the Cougars the early 7 point lead. The very next drive for COC wasn’t as successful as Arias was intercepted by ELAC’s Jeremy Harris for a 25 yard pick 6. ELAC failed on the point after attempt.

Arias came back down to Earth as he completed only 5 of his 12 attempted passes for just 26 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His worse outing as a collegian quarterback.

“Give East L.A. credit,” said Head Coach Garett Tujague. “They were pressing our receivers outside and we struggled with that.”

On a night filled with question marks on defense due to the absence of defensive captain Justin Cudworth because of an ankle injury. The defense had 4 take aways and allowed a total of 221 yards with only 4 net yards on the ground. Josh Irvin led the pursuit on defense with 2 interceptions, 1 returned for a touchdown.

“The coaches talked about jumping the out routes all week and that’s what we did,” said Irvin.

Irvin’s second interception went for a touchdown but was called back on a cut block during the return. The interception did set up a 1 yard leap by Emanuel Osuchukwu for the touchdown. That gave the Cougars a 23-6 at the half.

COC replaced Arias at Quaterback at half time with freshman Chris Rini. Rini completed 6 of his 7 passes for 54 yards and an 8 yard touchdown pass to Ryan Zirbel for the Cougars last touchdown of the night. Rini also ran for 53 yards on 6 carries.

The Cougars return home Saturday Oct. 2nd for a 7 o’clock game against the Grossmont Griffins. COC is 1-0 at home this season after defeating Citrus two weeks ago 38-24.

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