The MSJC football team had 496 yards of total offense on Saturday, but had five turnovers as they had to hold on down the stretch to defeat LA Southwest College 35-32 at Carl Quandt Stadium.
The Eagles started fast as they scored first on a 39 yard touchdown pass from Nigel Barksdale to Chris Robinson midway through the first quarter. LA Southwest would answer with 18 straight points to close quarter number one using both the ground game and passing attack to move the ball. The Cougars struggled all day with extra points and failed to convert any on their first three attempts.
The Eagle offense exploded in the second quarter as they scored 21 straight points to reclaim the lead at 28-18. Barksdale had a 16 yard run, running back Josh Reed had a 1 yard run, and Barksdale again hooked up with Robinson this time on a 23 yard pass to push the Eagles out in front. LASW scored a late second quarter touchdown and made the two point conversion to make the score 28-26 at the half.
Scoring dramatically slowed down for both teams in the second half. LA Southwest scored a touchdown with 5:44 remaining in the third quarter to retake the lead for the final time at 32-28. After a long drive by MSJC early in the fourth the final score of the day came on a 1 yard run by Barksdale with 11:40 left in the game. The MSJC defense would hold on down the stretch to give the Eagles their second straight victory.
Barksdale finished the day 20 of 26 passing for 358 yards, he threw two touchdowns and was intercepted once. Robinson ended the day with 8 catches for 153 yards and two TDs, while Dalton Hunkle also pulled in 8 receptions for 124 yards. Carlton Walker led the MSJC ground game with 77 yards on 22 carries. The Eagle defense got an interception form Doug Elliott. Dennis Fite and Kenny Bell both had 9 tackles a piece to lead the Eagles in that category.
The win improved MSJC's record to 2-2 on the season, while LA Southwest fell to 1-3. The Eagles are back in action Saturday when they travel to Chula Vista to take on Southwestern College. Kick off on Saturday is at 1 pm.
Josh Reed scores from one yard out on Saturday as MSJC defeated visiting LA Southwest 35-32.. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)