San Bernardino Valley outscored MSJC 21-0 in the third quarter Saturday night to blow open a close game on their way to defeating the Eagles 56-31 in the Mountain Conference opener for both teams.
The Eagles scored first when Franex Dort (Lake Worth, FL) ran 36 yards for a touchdown with 3:13 to go in the opening quarter. The teams traded scores most of the rest of the first half with San Bernardino taking a 21-17 lead into the locker room. MSJC's 10 second quarter points came on a 15 yard run by quarterback Nigel Barksdale (San Jacinto HS) and a 39 yard field goal by Jameson Schultz (Yucaipa HS).
The Wolverines jumped out quickly in the third quarter connecting for a 57 yard touchdown pass on the half's first play from scrimmage. SBVC added two running touchdowns in the quarter to build a 42-17 lead heading to the final quarter. The teams then traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter to reach the final score. The Eagles two fourth quarter TD's were passes from Barksdale. The first was a 14 yard pass to Tyrone Richardson (West Valley HS) and the second a 9 yard pass to Kenny Bell (AB Miller HS).
The Eagles racked up 542 yards of total offense in the game, but committed 12 penalties for 172 yards. The Eagles only turned the ball over one time in the game while the Wolverines had none. Franex Dort, the third leading rusher in So. California entering the game had 183 yards on 25 carries. Barksdale ran for a 125 yards and threw for 218 on 16 of 33 passing with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Richardson led the Eagles in receptions with 4 as 7 different players caught a pass on the night. Manny Rathel (Lake Worth, FL) led the defense with 6.5 tackles while Brandon Thigpen (Rancho Verde HS) added 6.
The loss drops the Eagles to 2-4 on the season and 0-1 in Conference action while the Wolverines improved to 3-3, 1-0. MSJC will return home next Saturday October 23rd when they host East Los Angeles College. The game will be the first of the season at Carl Quandt Stadium on the San Jacinto Campus. Kick off is set for 1 pm.