TORRANCE, Calif. – Quarterback Cole Klayman put together another excellent start and wide receiver Stephon Robinson made explosive plays as No. 8 El Camino College continued its hot start with a 58-23 victory over Grossmont Saturday night at Murdock Stadium.
Klayman, the reigning SCFA National Central Conference Offensive Player of the Week, followed up a perfect day passing in week two with a five-touchdown performance for the Warriors (3-0) on Saturday night. Klayman went 12-for-16 for 276 yards and five scores including three scores of 30 yards or more.
One of those big plays went to Robinson, who beat his defender in the third quarter and broke for an 80-yard touchdown reception. He also caught a touchdown pass of 48 yards and finished with four catches for 159 yards and the two scores.
Overall, the Warriors offense proved too much to handle for the Griffins as ECC gained 561 yards of total offense on Saturday night. The team had 10 runners combine to go for a season-high 190 yards on the ground while Klayman, Jerman Gotoy and Aaron Thomas combined to go 16-for-28 for 371 yards passing, connecting with eight different receivers.
Defensively, the Warriors got some more big plays as they forced three turnovers including two more interceptions, giving the ECC defense 10 picks in its first three games. James Randolph returned a pick 35 yards the other way for a score in the second quarter to turn a 4-point Warriors lead into an 11-point cushion. De'Edward Cormier also recorded his third interception of the season.
The game was close in the first 22 minutes of play as ECC held just a four-point lead with 6:45 left in the first half.
That's when the Warriors turned on the jets, scoring 27 unanswered points to turn a close game into its third blowout victory of the young season.
The Griffins quarterback duo of Brad Cagle and Josh Harris went 16-for-33 for 286 yards but had one pick apiece and were under fire all night.
Justus Tavai was one of their main issues as the Warriors defensive lineman finished the night with four tackles, one sack and three quarterback hurries. He was bearing down on Harris and blasted the quarterback on Randolph's pick-six.
Through three games, the Warriors have outscored their opponents 188-33 in the first three games and the defense has posted 10 interceptions and six fumble recoveries.
The Warriors will now head on the road for their next two games against tough opposition. First up will be a date with Saddleback on Sept. 23. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.