Sophomore running back Franex Dort had an 8 yard touchdown run just over four minutes into the game Saturday and the Eagles never looked back as they defeated Victor Valley College 43-23 to end the season on a four game winning streak.
The Eagles offense pounded out 293 yards on the ground as both Dort and quarterback Nigel Barksdale ran for over 100 yards. Dort finished the day with 25 carries for 128 yards while Barksdale added 116 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Barksdale also threw for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 11 of 25 passing.
MSJC leading 6-0 after the first quarter built the lead to 9-0 on a 27 yard field goal by Jameson Schultz early in the second quarter. A 10 yard touchdown reception by Tyrone Richardson and another Schultz field goal with just :30 left in the half built the Eagles lead to 18-9 at the break.
Victor Valley came out and scored on their first possession of the second half and closed to within 3 at 18-15. That however, would be as close as the Rams would get as the Eagles ran off 25 straight points on the two Barksdale rushing tds, a touchdown catch by Chris Robinson, and two more field goals by Schultz.
Kyle Patterson led the defense for the Eagles with 5 tackles including one for negative yardage. Emmanuel Hamilton had an interception and Fontayne Fuga added a sack for the Eagles who allowed just 229 yards of total offense.
The victory was the Eagles fourth in a row and MSJC wrapped up the season at 6-4 overall and 4-1 in the Mountain Conference.
Quarterback Nigel Barksdale scores on of his two rushing touchdowns in the second half by leaping over a Victor Valley defender. The Eagles won the game 43-23. (photo courtesey of DeeAnn Bradley)