The MSJC football team will begin the 2014 season Saturday when they travel to Lancaster to take on Antelope Valley in a 7 pm contest.
The Eagles will have a lot of new faces on the field in the season opener, but do have some reliable veterans on both sides of the ball. On defense MSJC did graduate their two top tacklers from last season Dejon Brown (Western Kentucky) and Jason Dixon (Eastern New Mexico), but do return safety Marvin Hifo (Heritage HS) and tackle Johnny Williams (West Valley) who were 3rd and 7th in that category in 2013. Hifo also had two interceptions last season while Williams had 3.5 tackles for loss.
Joining them on defense will be Phillip Napoleon a stand out defensive end from Helix High School in San Diego who is coming off an injury a year ago. Freshmen linebackers expected to contribute include; Darian Porter (Louisville, Ky), Noah Widgins (San Jacinto HS), and Joe Robinson (Chaparral HS), they will be joined by sophomore Donovan Brooks (Valley View HS). Ray Golden (Paloma Valley) and Marvon Brooks (Eisenhower) return in the defensive backfield and are expected to get help from transfer Darshaun Ford (Louisburg Univ) and freshman Abiade Granger (W. Palm Beach, FL) among others.
Offensively the Eagles will turn to a freshman as the opening day starter at quarterback in Casey Rogers. Rogers is a 6'4 230 pound former Marine originally from Fruita, Colorado. Austin Cooper (CMI-Perris) returns at running back after playing in four games a season ago. He will be joined by transfer Eddy Williams (Western Connecticut Univ) in the backfield. The Eagles most experienced group is at receiver and tight end where three players with significant playing time under their belts return. Jaron Johnson (Rancho Verde HS) returns at wide out after catching 31 balls last season for 293 yards. Jamion Lindsey is also back in the fold at wide out after sitting last season out due to injury. Lindsey (Rancho Verde HS) had 20 receptions for 295 yards and three touchdowns during the 2012 season for MSJC. Tight End Tyler Henderson (Vista Murrieta) is also back for his sophomore season after collecting nine catches and 2 TDs last year.
The Eagles are coming off a season in which they went 4-6 overall and 3-4 in the American Mountain Conference. Saturday's Antelope Valley game will renew an old Foothill Conference rivalry and be the first time the two teams have met since 2007. MSJC's home opener will be Saturday September 13th when they host Glendale College in a 1 pm game at Carl Quandt Stadium.
Marvin Hifo returns at defensive back this year for MSJC after a strong freshmen season where he was third on the team in tackles. He and the rest of the Eagles kick off the season on Saturday night at Antelope Valley.