Compton's Late Score Sinks Eagles
The MSJC football team came very close to pulling off their first win of the season Saturday, before Compton pushed across the final touchdown of the game with :27 remaining to win 29-26.
The Eagles who scored the first touchdown of the game on a Butch Tuvale run were in a close one all day. After Tuvale's TD Compton came back to score 12 straight points before the Eagle defense came up with a big play. Down 12-7 the Eagles caused a fumble deep in Compton territory that was recovered by Antonio Brown Jr. who returned it one yard for a go ahead touchdown. The Eagles 14-12 lead was short lived however as Compton surged back ahead with a touchdown making it 19-14 TarTars. This time it was special teams that kept the Eagles in the game as Compton snapped the ball over the punter's head and out of the end zone for a safety and a 19-16 game at the half.
Both defenses played strong in the third quarter and the only points in that period would come on a 21 yard field goal by the Eagle's Zoltan Riazzo to tie the game at 19. With 5:43 remaining in the game Compton kicked a field goal of their own to once again move on top 22-19. The Eagles put together an impressive drive down the field and with just 1:51 to go in the game Tuvale scored his second touchdown of the day on a 7 yard run. With the Eagles up 26-22 Compton marched 80 yards on 7 plays for the winning score on a 14 yard pass play with just :27 remaining.
Tuvale finished the day with 84 yards on the ground to go along with his two touchdowns and quarterback Carmen Boyer, making his first start, completed 21 of 32 passes for 255 yards. Courtney Pete had a productive game on both sides of the ball catching 5 passes for 55 yards on offense and on defense he came up with an interception. Danny Anderson also added an interception for MSJC, who fell to 0-5 on the year and 0-2 in Mountain Conference play. Compton improved to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in conference. the Eagles have this week off before traveling to Chula Vista to play Southwestern on October 18th. Kick off will be at 6 pm for that game.