Eagle Football Team Falls to LA Valley

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-ElijahBrownRunvslavalley.jpg

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