The MSJC football team needed overtime on Saturday, but were able to prevail as they defeated visiting Victor Valley College 34-31 in their final regular season game.
The win earned the Eagles a spot in the Patriotic Bowl next Saturday when they host Los Angeles Pierce College. An announcement is expected today on the time and location of the game. The bowl bid for MSJC is the first since 2005.
On Saturday the Eagles built a 6-0 lead on a pair of Jaime Lucio field goals from 48 and 20 yards in the first half. Quarterback Tim Morovick hooked up with Daniel Lilienthal on a 40 yard touchdown pass to give MSJC a 14-7 lead at the half. The third quarter was a frustrating one for the Eagles as Victor Valley monopolized the ball with two long scoring drives limiting MSJC to just 3 offensive plays in the quarter.
Trailing 21-14 headed to the fourth quarter the scoring picked up as Superiorr Reid broke loose on a 66 yard run to tie the game at 21. The Rams responded by once again taking the lead with just under 3 minutes to play in the game. Morovick and the Eagle offense drove the ball down the field quickly on their final drive of regulation and used the clock effectively as Reid polished off the drive with a 6 yard TD run with 48 seconds to play to send the game to overtime.
Victor Valley had the ball first in overtime and the MSJC defense stepped up big holding the Rams to a field goal. On the Eagles OT possession a 12 yard pass from Morovick to Brett Hays set the Eagles up with a first and goal at the 10 yard line. Two plays later Reid bulled his way in from 3 yards out for his third touchdown of the day and an Eagle victory.
The win pushed the Eagles record to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the Mountain Conference while Victor Valley fell to 2-8 and 2-5.
Mt. San Jacinto College’s Superiorr Reid evades a tackle, running for one of his three touchdowns. The Eagles won 34-31 in overtime to Victor Valley College Saturday, November 10th at Carl Quandt Stadium. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)