The MSJC football team mounted an impressive comeback on Saturday night, but were unable to come away with a victory as they fell to L.A. Pierce College 37-34 in the 2012 Patriotic Bowl.
Pierce jumped ahead scoring the only points of the first quarter when Tyrin Stone-Davis caught a 50 yard touchdown pass from game MVP Nick Arbuckle to put the Brahmas up 7-0. The Eagles evened the score with 9:15 to play in the half when Superiorr Reid capped a 10 play 53 yard drive with a one yard touchdown run. Pierce would regain the lead just before halftime on Arbuckle's second TD strike of the game with just 28 seconds to go.
Pierce pushed their lead to 24-7 after a third quarter touchdown and a fourth quarter field goal with just 9:09 to play in the game. Then the Eagles stormed back, first with a 19 yard touchdown pass from Tim Morovick to Dalton Hunkle and then after a Brett Layton interception, Morovick ran one in from 13 yards out to cut the lead to 24-21 with 5:19 to play. The Eagle defense then responded stuffing the Brahmas on a fourth and one to get the ball back with 1:45 left in regulation. The Eagles drove into Pierce territory and with one second on the clock Wilfred Mondragon booted a 37 yard field goal to send the game to overtime.
In the first overtime Pierce had the ball first and quickly scored a go ahead touchdown on Arbuckle's third TD pass. MSJC answered when Reid crashed through the right side of the offensive line for the tying touchdown sending the game to a second extra period. In the second OT the Eagles had the ball first, but had to settle for a 41 yard field goal from Mondragon to take a 34-31 lead. On Pierce's final possession Josh Mathis ran in from the two yard line for the victory.
The loss concluded MSJC's season at 9-2 while Pierce improved to 9-2. For the Eagles Hunkle earned the offensive player of the game award making 8 catches for 111 yards. Morovick finished the day 18 of 38 for 205 yards through the air. Reid led the ground game with 27 carries for 86 yards. On defense Dejon Brown had a team high 12 tackles while Mandela Mosley and Sam Schwab both had 9.
Mt. San Jacinto College’s Dalton Hunkle pulls in a pass, running towards touchdown. MSJC Eagles lost 34-37 in double overtime to LA Pierce College Saturday in 2012 Patriotic Bowl at Tahquitz High School. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)