The MSJC football team outscored East Los Angeles 16-3 in the fourth quarter on Saturday as they came from behind for a 26-13 win in their Mountain Conference opener at Carl Quandt Stadium.
East Los Angeles took an early 10-0 lead as the Eagles had a hard time finding their offense in the first half. A big special teams play by MSJC cut the lead to 10-7 before the half when ELAC punter Hector Dominguez couldn't handle a high snap and in the ensuing scramble for the ball tossed it in the end zone and it was picked off Marvin Hifo for an Eagle touchdown.
The Eagles came out quickly in the second half and tied the game on a 22 yard field goal by Matthew Parker with just over 12 minutes to play in the third quarter. Both defenses would dominate the rest of the third, before Michael Harrison broke a 43 yard touchdown run for the Eagles with 12:07 to play in the game to give MSJC their first lead of the day. ELAC answered with a field goal on their next drive to make the score 17-13 in favor of MSJC with 9 minutes to play. The Eagles pushed the lead back to 11 when Arturo Brown scored on a 14 yard run with 4:41 to play. The Eagles capped off the scoring with just 33 seconds to play when defensive end Blake Green tackled the ELAC quarterback in the end zone for a safety.
Harrison finished the day rushing for 139 yards on 23 carries, Brown had 49 yards on 7 carries. The MSJC defense picked off three passes on the day. Aaron Kelly and Leroy Holt each had a pick to go with Hifo's interception on the botched punt. The Eagle defense also produced 5 sacks and had 11 total tackles for loss while holding the Huskies to just 39 yards rushing on the afternoon.
MSJC is now 2-2 on the season and 1-0 in Mountain Conference action, East Los Angeles fell to 1-3 and 0-1. The Eagles are back in action on Saturday October 5th when they host San Diego Mesa at Carl Quandt Stadium. Next Saturday's game will kick off at 1 pm.
Mt. San Jacinto College's Arturo Brown carries past East Los Angeles College's defense during Eagles win 26-13 Saturday. DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC