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It’s not surprising when a football team struggles to recover and respond after an emotional rivalry win. Long Beach City College fell victim to that trap on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium where the Vikings lost their Homecoming game to East Los Angeles College 54-27.
“I was not feeling good all week,” LBCC coach Brett Peabody said. “We beat Cerritos last week. Awesome. That’s a rivalry game, but so is this. Our practice was bad this week and it reflected in how we played. (East LA) out-executed us in all three phases of the game. Hats off to them.”
The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for LBCC (3-3, 2-1) before they visit Orange Coast next Saturday. Peabody said that in order to get this season back on track, his team needs to be better at practice.
“We have a good leadership group and I think they will bring it out of the guys,” he said. “It’s disappointing to come out here and lay an egg considering how well we’ve been playing. As coaches, we saw it coming.”
East LA (4-2, 3-0) got a career night from quarterback Trilian Harris who threw six touchdown passes and ran one in himself while racking up over 300 all-purpose yards. Huskies receiver Kennedy Lewis had a pair of long touchdowns at the end of the first quarter to put his team up for good. East LA led 40-13 at halftime.
LBCC running back Konyae Hunter was a bright spot for the Vikings with a pair of rushing touchdowns. Austin Bressler had a game-high seven tackles for the LBCC defense.