The MSJC football team went toe to toe with the American Division's top ranked team on Saturday, but came up just short losing to Victor Valley 28-21 in the Eagles 2014 Homecoming game.
Victor Valley started out strong as they dominated the action in the first 20 minutes, building a lead of 14-0. The Rams looked to be headed for a third score with just over 5 minutes remaining in the first half, but Ronald Gaither came up with an interception for the Eagles and returned in 93 yards for a touchdown to turn the momentum MSJC's way. Victor Valley would take their 14-7 lead into the locker room.
MSJC struck again on another big play with 5:24 to go in the third quarter when Zach Chesser found Jamion Lindsey over the middle for an 82 yard touchdown pass to pull the Eagles even at 14. Chesser again came up big with just 6 seconds left in the third quarter when he ran in a touchdown from 29 yards out giving MSJC their first lead of the day at 21-14. The Rams tied the game up with 6:32 to play when they put together an 8 play 67 yard drive.
MSJC was forced to punt on their next possession and Victor Valley took over on their own 24 yard line with 2:30 left in the game. The Rams capitalized on two MSJC penalties during their final drive and 8 plays later capped off the game winning series with a 7 yard run by Sean Williams with just 11 seconds to play.
Chesser finished the day 19 for 28 passing for 226 yards. Vanel Dossos was his favorite target on the day making 9 catches for 75 yards. On defense Johnny Williams and George Obialo each had 11 tackles while Devin Martin had 8. Anthony Jackson, Wesley Scott, and Billy Jahn each had a sack for the Eagles.
The loss drops MSJC to 3-5 overall on the season and 2-3 in American Mountain Conference competition while Victor Valley improved to 8-0 and 5-0. The Eagles will be back in action next Saturday night November 8th when they travel to East Los Angeles for a 6 pm game.
Mt. San Jacinto College's Ronald Gaither, right, breaks up a pass to Victor Valley's Jamal Tate during Eagles loss 21-28 Saturday at Carl Quandt Stadium. Photo by DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC