Football Team Can't Overcome Slow Start at COD

The MSJC football team found themselves down 13-0 less than three minutes into their game with College of the Desert on Saturday night and they could not recover, as they lost on the roadDJSamuel-ReedCOD-16.jpg
30-13.

The Eagles turned the ball over on the opening drive of the game when quarterback Jake Newton was intercepted by COD's Tahir Johnson.  Just over a minute later the Roadrunners scored to make it 7-0 and they would not relinquish the lead on the night.  The tough start continued as the Eagles went three and out on their next possession, before COD ran the ensuing punt back 40 yards for a touchdown pushing their lead to 13-0 with still 12:16 remaining in the opening quarter.  A second interception on MSJC's next offensive possession would lead to another COD touchdown and the Eagles trailed 20-0 at the end of the first.

COD would extend the lead to 28-0 in the second period, before MSJC was finally able to get on the board with just 58 seconds remaining before halftime when Newton connected with Mike Reed on a 20 yard TD pass making the score 28-7 at the break.

Late in the third quarter Noah Kimbrough scored on a one yard run to cut the Roadrunner led to 28-13, but on the extra point attempt Josh Gonzalez's kick was blocked and COD scooped it up and ran it back for two points.  Both offenses struggled in the fourth quarter and the game ended with the 30-13 final.

Newton finished his day going 12 of 35 passing for 199 yards he threw one touchdown and two interceptions.  Fellow quarterback Corwin Cutler threw for 48 yards as he completed 6 of 15 passes and had one picked off.  Reed finished with a team high six receptions on the night while Elijah Brown had 5 and James Duff added 4.  Kimbrough who did the bulk of the running on Saturday night with Jomari Becnel sidelined with injury, ran for 77 yards on 18 carries.

The Eagle defense was led by D.J. Reed-Samuel and Devin Pearson who both had 10 tackles.  Sam Chamberlin picked up a pair of sacks for the Eagles.

The loss drops MSJC to 3-3 on the season and 0-1 in the American Mountain Conference.  It also keeps the "Palms to Pines" trophy in the hands of College of the Desert for the second straight season.

MSJC will be back in action this Saturday when the travel to Chula Vista to take on unbeaten Southwestern.

D.J. Reed-Samuel had 10 tackles on Saturday night, but the MSJC football team suffered their third straight loss as they fell at College of the Desert 30-13 in the annual "Palms to Pines" trophy game.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).