The MSJC football team had their chances on Saturday, but eventually lost 38-31 in a rematch of last year's Patriotic Bowl to Los Angles Pierce College in Woodland Hills.
The game started as a defensive battle through the first 12 minutes of the contest, before the scoring started when Pierce's Jay'Onn Myles returned a punt 58 yards to open the scoring with 3:46 to play in the first quarter. The Eagles blocked the extra point and the score stood at 6-0. Pierce would push the lead to 13-0 on the final play of the first quarter when quarterback Nick Arbuckle threw his first of three touchdown passes on the day.
MSJC responded halfway through the second quarter when Michael Harrison, the Eagles offensive star of the day, scored on a six yard touchdown run. The Eagles closed the gap to 13-8 when they scored the two point conversion. Pierce pushed the lead back to 12 on Arbuckle's second scoring strike of the day this time from 25 yards out with 5:21 to play in the half. Harrison answered for the Eagles with just 36 seconds to go in the half with a 10 yard run and the teams went to the locker room with Pierce up 20-15.
The turning point in the game may have come early in the third quarter when MSJC took their first lead of the day on a 40 yard TD pass from Chad Virgil to Harrison giving the Eagles a 21-20 lead. On the ensuing extra point try the Brahmas blocked the kick and Myles returned it the other way for 2 points putting Pierce back on top. Pierce would add a touchdown and field goal to push the lead to 32-21 early in the fourth quarter. Clay Goga hit a 21 yard field goal for MSJC as they tried to close the gap, but Pierce scored on a 57 yard pass with 8:46 to play to make the score 38-24. Harrison added his fourth touchdown of the day with 3:28 to play to put MSJC within a touchdown at 38-31. The Eagle defense forced Pierce into a 3rd and 17 with just over a minute to play, but the Brahmas picked up the first down and were able to run out the clock for the victory.
Harrison finished the day for MSJC rushing for 112 yards and catching 5 passes for 74, he scored all four of the Eagles touchdowns. Aaron Kelly led the Eagles defense with 7 tackles while Jason Dixon and Sam Schwab both had six. Marvin Hifo came up with an interception for MSJC.
The Eagles are now 1-1 on the season, Pierce is 2-0. MSJC will return to action next Saturday when they travel to LA Valley College for a 7 pm game. The Monarchs are 2-0 on the year.
Michael Harrison ran for 3 touchdowns and caught a pass for another on Saturday night, but it wasn't enough as MSJC fell to Pierce 38-31 in a game played in Woodland Hills.