Eagle Football Team Handed First Home Loss of the Year

The MSJC football team had a hard time containing LA Valley, the top ranked team in the American Division, on Saturday and suffered their first home loss of the year 55-14.MikeReedforlavalley-2-16.jpg

The Monarchs came out of the gates quickly scoring the first touchdown of the game just 3:16 into the first quarter on a quick 5 play 75 yard drive.  LA Valley would increase the lead to 20-0 by the end of the first quarter and just six seconds into the second period extended it all the way to 27-0.  That is where the score would stay until halftime as the MSJC offense searched for ways to move the ball.

Unfortunately, the third quarter didn't start any better for the Eagles as LA Valley blocked a punt in the MSJC end zone and added another score.  The third quarter would end with the Monarchs in complete control of the game up 48-0.  LA Valley would add one more touchdown early in the fourth to make the score 55-0, before the Eagles were able to find the end zone twice in the final 9:12 of the contest.  Mike Reed caught a 35 yard pass from Jake Newton to give MSJC their first points of the day and 3 minutes later Jomari Becnel broke free for a 66 yard run to make the score 55-14.

Becnel finished the day with 104 yards rushing on 14 carries while Reed had 6 catches for 66 yards.  Kefa Court had 5 receptions on the day and Elijah Brown had 3.  Newton threw for 113 yards on 12 of 21 passing, he had one TD and one interception.  Corwin Cutler went 8 of 14 passing for MSJC for 34 yards.

On defense William LuLu had a team high 10 tackles for MSJC while Trent Johnson and Lanai Jackson-Barrow both had 6.  D.J. Reed-Samuel broke up two Monarch passes and Carl Bates added 4 tackles including 1.5 for negative yardage.

LA Valley, who entered the game ranked #1 in the American Division, improved to 5-0 on the season while the Eagles fell to 3-2 in their final non-conference contest of the year. MSJC will open American Mountain Conference play next Saturday when they travel to Palm Desert to take on rival College of the Desert in a 6 pm game.  MSJC and COD play each year for the "Palms to Pines" trophy a tradition that began in 1967.

MSJC's Mike Reed scored one of the Eagles two TDs on Saturday against LA Valley, but the Eagles fell to 3-2 on the season after a 55-14 loss to the visiting Monarchs.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).