Football Team Passes Way to Homecoming Win

The MSJC football team threw for 436 yards on Saturday as they picked up their second straight victory, winning at Carl Quandt Stadium 42-13 over San Diego Mesa in the 2015 Homecoming VanelDossousvsMesa.jpg

The Eagles took an 8-0 lead late in the first quarter when Jake Newton connected with Vanel Dossous on a 9 yard touchdown pass, and then made good on a two point conversion.  Newton would strike again on the final play of the first quarter as he hooked up with Laquan Washington for a 36 yard scoring strike to put the Eagles up 15-0.  The Olympians lone points of the first half came with just under 10 minutes to go when Desmond Simmons scored on a 15 yard pass from Nick Plum.  MSJC responded on the following possession with a quick 3 play drive capped by a 57 yard pass play, once again from Newton to Washington and the Eagles would lead at the half 22-7.

Both teams defenses would control the third period as neither team was able to score.  The Eagles then put the game out of reach as Marlon Archer caught another Newton touchdown pass with 13:53 to play in the game from 16 yards out to push the lead to 35-7.  Newton's fifth and final TD pass of the day came with 9:01 to play when Dossous took a quick pass and ran it for an 89 yard scoring play.  Don'yae Hopkins added a 2 yard touchdown run with 2:38 to play in the game and MSJC led 42-7.  Mesa would score a late touchdown on another 15 yard pass play.

Newton completed his day going 24 for 34 for 436 yards to go along with his five TD passes.  Washington finished by catching 8 balls for 182 yards, while Dossous also topped the 100 yard mark with 3 catches for 109.  Archer and Elijah Brown both had 4 receptions.  Hopkins led the Eagle ground game with 76 yards on 15 attempts. 

William Lu Lu had a strong day on defense as he picked up 9 total tackles including two for negative yardage.  George Obialo had a sack and Donte Horton had an interception as the Eagle defense broke up 8 passes on the day.

The win evened the Eagles record on the season at 3-3 overall as they improved to 2-1 in American Mountain Conference play.  Mesa fell to 2-4 and 0-3.  MSJC will travel to Chula Vista next Saturday to take on Southwestern.  Kick off for Saturday night's game at Southwestern is set for 6 pm.


Mt. San Jacinto's Vanel Dossous escapes during the game against San Diego Mesa Saturday in San Jacinto, CA. October 17, 2015. Photo by DeeAnn Bradley/msjc