The MSJC football team scored the first touchdown of the day on Saturday, but couldn't hold on to the early lead as they lost a non conference game at home to Los Angeles Valley College 28-
The Eagles opened the scoring with 6:20 to play in the first period when quarterback Jake Newton connected with wide out Marlon Archer for a 21 yard touchdown pass. Todd Underhill added the extra point and MSJC was off to a 7-0 lead. The Monarchs would answer with just 22 seconds to play in the opening quarter when Jordan Frost scored on an 8 yard run. A two point conversion would give LA Valley the 8-7 lead, a lead that they would never relinquish. Another Frost rushing TD in the second quarter and a scoring pass from Patrick Tyler to Chris Phillips built the Monarch lead to 21-7 midway through the second. MSJC would close the gap to 21-13 before halftime when Eagle defensive back London Miller picked up a Monarch fumble and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown.
The second half was a defensive struggle and the score remained the same until Monarch running back Antoine Conner broke free for a 40 yard TD run with just 4:44 left in the game giving LA Valley a 28-13 lead.
MSJC struggled with turnovers all day as they had six in total, four interceptions and two lost fumbles. Newton finished the day going 13-24 through the air for 80 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. Vitu Chilongo came in to quarterback the fourth quarter, but went just 2 for 13 throwing. Archer finished the day with 5 catches for a team high 35 yards. Carl Williams was the Eagles top rusher on the day with 38 yards on 4 carries. On the defensive side of the ball for MSJC, Desmon Dyas collected a team high 10 tackles while John Hauso had 9 and Phillip Napoleon recorded 8 stops. George Obialo and Tommy Medina both had a sack in the game and Jevon Gooden and Justin Tucker each came up with an interception.
The loss drops MSJC to 1-2 on the season while LA Valley improved to 2-1. The Eagles will open up American Mountain League play next Saturday when they travel to 3-0 San Bernardino Valley. Game time in San Bernardino is set for 6 pm.
Mt. San Jacinto's Elijah
Brown runs through an attempted tackle by Los Angeles Valley Saturday in San Jacinto,
CA. September 19, 2015. The Eagles lost to the Monarchs 28-13. Photo by DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC