Eagle Football Team Builds Big Lead in Opening Week Win
The MSJC football team methodically built a 23-0 lead on Saturday night and held on to win their season opener at Compton 30-21.
The two teams battled back and forth in the first quarter before the Eagles were able to put the first points of the season on the board with just 22 seconds to play on a 24 yard field goal by Coby Perine. MSJC was able to extend the lead to 9-0 early in the second period when quarterback Sheriron Jones hooked up with wide out Kefa Court on a 24 yard touchdown pass. Perine's extra point was blocked. The Eagles struck again though just four minutes later when Jones threw his second TD pass of the night, this time to Daniel Singer from 29 yards out and the Eagles pushed their lead to 16-0. With under a minute to play before half the Eagles would strike again as Jones and Singer combined for another scoring pass this one from just three yards out and MSJC had a commanding 23-0 lead at the break.
Compton was finally able to get on the board with 4:49 to play in the third quarter when they capped an 18 play 75 yard drive with a one yard run by Josh Campbell. The Eagles struck right back with an 8 play 75 yard drive of their own which ended with Jones' fourth touchdown pass of the night as he hit Laquan Washington for a 24 yard score and after the extra point MSJC had pushed the lead back to 30-7. Compton would find the end zone twice in the fourth quarter on an 11 yard pass and a 31 yard interception return for a score as they closed the gap to 30-21 with 6:17 to play in the game, but neither team would add any more points.
Jones finished up his Eagles debut going 20 for 32 passing for 236 yards with four TD's and one interception. Cort, one of seven different Eagles to catch a pass on the evening, had a team high five catches. Jomari Becnel had a strong game on the ground for the Eagles as he rushed for 93 yards on 18 carries, Jones also picked up 48 yards rushing on 11 attempts.
The Eagle defense who allowed just 135 total yards was led in tackles by returner Lanni Jackson-Barrow who had 10 tackles including one for negative yardage. Andrew Berry added 9 tackels while Darry Felix had 8, and Kyre Hassell was credited with 7. Tyler Freeman picked up a sack for the Eagles.
MSJC is now 1-0 on the season while Compton falls to 0-2. The Eagles will play their home opener in the newly renovated Carl Quandt Stadium this Saturday September 16th when they host Glendale College. Saturday's kick off is set for 1 pm.
The MSJC football team put all of their hard work during summer and fall camp to the test on Saturday night and came away with a 30-21 season opening victory on the road at Compton. The 1-0 Eagles will play their home opener in the newly renovated Carl Quandt Stadium this Saturday when they host Glendale at 1 pm. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).