Eagle Football Team Drops Final Home Game of the Season

The MSJC football team couldn't hold on to their halftime lead on Saturday and lost their final home game of the 2016 season 23-14 to visiting San Diego Mesa College.DavianNeitzforsdmesa-16.jpg

The Eagles scored the first points of the game when Noah Kimbrough ran in a touchdown from 4 yards out to cap off a 7 play 63 yard drive with just over 5 minutes to play in the opening quarter.  MSJC missed the point after and led 6-0.  The Olympians came right back to grab a 7-6 lead on a 3 play 73 yard drive that was punctuated by a 50 yard TD run from Darryl Dave.  MSJC would reclaim the lead early in the second period when quarterback Corwin Cutler hit Mike Reed on an 8 yard scoring strike and this time the Eagles cashed in a two point conversion to grab a 14-7 lead.  The game would remain 14-7 until midway through the third quarter.

Mesa would cut into MSJC's lead with a 21 yard field goal with 6:27 to play in the third, and then take the lead for good when Dave had his second TD run of the day with 4:52 remaining in the game to give the Olympians a 17-14 advantage.  Mesa punched it in one more time with just over one minute remaining in the contest to put it out of reach.

Cutler finished his day going 15 of 33 passing for 197 yards, he had one TD pass and one interception.  Elijah Brown had 5 catches for 104 yards while Reed finished the day with 4 receptions for 50 yards.  The Eagles running game was shut down by the Olympians as they ended up with just 5 net yards on 32 attempts.  On defense, Lanai Jackson-Barrow and Tyler Freeman both had a team high 7 tackles.  Freeman and D.J. Reed-Samuel both had a forced fumble and Davian Neitz had an interception.

The loss was MSJC's sixth in a row after starting the season 3-0, the Eagles are still looking for their first American Mountain Conference win.  Mesa improved to 3-6 overall, they are now 1-3 in conference play.

The Eagles will finish their season next Saturday when they travel to San Bernardino Valley for a 6 pm game.

MSJC's Davian Neitz had an interception on Saturday, but the Eagles came up short in their final home game of the 2016 season as they lost to visiting San Diego Mesa 23-14.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).