The MSJC football team scored early and often on Saturday as they beat visiting Los Angeles Pierce College 44-30 in their 2012 home opener.
The Eagles came out of the gates strong as they scored just 3:30 into the first quarter when Superiorr Reid ran for the first of his three touchdowns of the day on a 18 yard run giving MSJC a 7-0 lead. Just five minutes later MSJC pushed their lead to 14-0 when quarterback Tim Morovick hooked up with Michael Harrison for a 72 yard touchdown pass. Morovick found Bryce Hintz early in the second quarter for a 6 yard TD strike and kicker Jaime Lucio added a 44 yard field goal late in the first half to give the Eagles a 24-7 lead at the break.
In the second half the MSJC offense continued move the ball and with 4:50 to go in the third quarter Reid ran 4 yards up the middle to score his second touchdown. Midway through the fourth quarter the Eagles put the game away on Morovick's second long touchdown pass and third of the day when he hit Jamion Lindey for a 63 yard scoring play to extend MSJC's lead to 37-14. Reid would add his final score of the game with 1:59 to play for MSJC.
The Eagles defense saw 52 passes thrown at them on the day and were able to pressure the Brahmas quarterbacks recording 6 sacks and picking off two passes. Michaael Carreathers had 3 sacks for MSJC while Jason Dixon, Dejon Brown, and Germel Harkless picked up one a piece. Brett Layton and Mandela Mosley each had an interception in the victory.
Morovick finished the day 16 for 28 for 309 yards with 3 TDs while Reid ran the ball 35 times for 187 yards and 3 scores. Dalton Hunkle caught a team high 6 passes for 85 yards.
The win improved MSJC to 2-0 on the season while LA Pierce dropped to 1-1. The Eagles return home next Saturday September 15th when they host Los Angeles Valley College. Kick off is set for 1 pm at Carl Quandt Stadium.
Mt. San Jacinto College's Bryce Hintz, left, blocks for Superiorr Reid who rushed 187 yards and three touchdowns. Eagles won their home opener 44-30 over Los Angeles Pierce Saturday afternoon, Sept. 8, 2012. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)