No. 3 Canyons Drops 10-7 Battle at East L.A.
By Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information Director
LOS ANGELES — No. 4 College of the Canyons suffered an upset at the hands of East L.A. College, as the Cougars' high-octane offense couldn't get into gear in a narrow 10-7 road loss.
Canyons (7-1, 2-1) held a 7-0 lead for the majority of the contest, until East L.A. (4-4, 1-2) got on the board late in the third quarter to tie the game at 7-7. A Huskies field goal with 8:34 to go in the game put ELAC ahead for good.
COC quarterback Colton Doyle scored the lone touchdown for the Cougars, punching it in on a 26-yard run midway through the first quarter. Ty Morrison's PAT made it a 7-0 lead and seemingly put Canyons in the driver's seat.
Doyle's scoring play was one of the few highlights for the offensive unit, which accumulated just 292 yards of total offense and turned the ball over four times. The freshman quarterback finished the game 16-of-33 for 185 with three interceptions.
The Canyons defense continued to play at a high level, coming away with three sacks and 13 tackles for loss to help limit a Huskies team that accounted for 243 yards of offense.
COC sophomore Abdul-Lateef Audu finished with four tackles and recovered a fumble. Dean Miller had four tackles to go with 1.5 sacks for the Cougars. Reggie Jones and Dylan Vradenburg both were credited with QB takedowns for Canyons.
The Cougars had two late-game possessions in the final three minutes but weren't able to move the ball.
COC defensive back Dre Falls gave the Cougars renewed hope with his interception of ELAC quarterback Rudy Garcia, coming with 2:39 to go in the game. Canyons started the drive on its own 10-yard line and ended up turning the ball over on downs.
The Cougars had one final gasp, taking over with 20 seconds to go but ended that drive with the same result.
Canyons will next host Ventura College (8-0, 3-0) on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Cougar Stadium. That game is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m.
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