Eagles Drop Opener at Chaffey
The MSJC football team kicked off the 2008 season with a tough road loss at Chaffey 38-23 Saturday night.
The game started as a defensive struggle with neither team scoring for the first quarter and a half. MSJC put together a 13 play, 68 yard drive midway through the second quarter that led to a Zoltan Riazzo field goal to put the Eagles up 3-0. Then on the first play of the Eagles next possession Collin Wigely hooked up with Courtney Pete for a 50 yard touchdown pass to stretch the lead to 9-0, after Riazzo added the extra point the Eagles held a 10-0 advantage. Chaffey finally put together a solid drive on their last possession of the half scoring a touchdown with just :20 seconds remaining before the half, cutting the lead to 10-7 at the break.
Chaffey came out strong on the opening drive of the second half using just 5 plays to go 67 yards capped off by Mark Chase's 10 yard touchdown run. After the extra point Chaffey had their first lead of the game at 14-10. The Eagles responded with a big 14 play 81 yard drive that resulted in a 29 yard touchdown pass from Pete to Troy Alsobrook. Once again Riazzo added the point after and MSJC regained the lead at 17-14.
The Panther seized control after that scoring drive and went on to score 24 straight points the last of which came on a 16 yard pass from A.J. Springer to Lashawn Davis with 4:10 to go in the game. The Eagles rallied for one last score when Wigely connected with Daniel Chamberlin on a 20 yard touchdown pass with 2:11 left in the game to make the score 38-23.
For the night Wigely was 18 of 31 for 195 yards and threw for two touchdowns. Chamberlain and Pete were the leading receivers on the night hauling in 8 and 5 passes respectively. Deshaun Smith was the Eagles leading rusher gaining 38 yards on 14 carries.
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Courtney Pete, right, catches a 50-yard touchdown pass to stretch the lead to 9-0 in the first half.
MSJC football team kicked off the 2008 season with a tough road loss at Chaffey 38-23 Saturday night. (MSJC/DeeAnn Bradley)