Late Rally Lifts Eagle Football Team to Victory

The MSJC football team scored 14 points in the final 38 seconds Saturday to claim a 21-12 American Mountain League home victory over East Los Angeles.MarlonArcherforElac.jpg

The Eagles, who struggled for points all day, took the lead with 38 seconds to play when back up quarterback Vitu Chilongo connected with Marlon Archer on 12 yard TD pass to put MSJC up 13-12.  Chilongo would then hit Elijah Brown on the two point conversion to push the Eagles lead to 15-12.  Then with ELAC in desperation mode to score in the final seconds, MSJC's Darwin Anderson picked off a Huskie pass on second down and returned it 19 yards for an MSJC touchdown to push the lead to 21-12 with just 20 seconds remaining.

The game started with the Eagles looking like they were ready to take control as they marched 54 yards on six plays on their first possession of the game and scored a touchdown on a 21 yard pass from Jake Newton to Laquan Washington.  The 7-0 Eagle lead would last until late in the second quarter when ELAC blocked an MSJC punt and Christopher Blanton picked it up and ran it in from 10 yards out to give the Huskies 6 points.  MSJC did block the extra point and led at the half 7-6.  ELAC took the lead late in the third quarter when quarterback Brian Marty hooked up with Leonard Taylor on a 12 yard scoring pass.  The defenses controlled the game the rest of the way until the exciting finish.

The Eagle defense had it's most impressive day of the season as they held ELAC to just 137 yards of total offense.  Phillip Napoleon, C.J. Parker, and Devin Pearson all had a team high 6 tackles while George Obialo had 5, including 2 and a half tackles for loss.  MSJC had 10 total tackles for negative yards in the win.  Parker also collected an interception.  On offense MSJC had 295 yards passing.  Newton finished his day going 23 for 36 through the air for 207 yards with 1 touchdown and one interception.  Chilongo, who played MSJC's last two possessions, went 9 for 13 for 88 yards and a TD.  Brown had a huge day receiving with 9 catches for 102 yards while Washington finished with 8 catches for 50 yards.  Archer, who scored the winning touchdown, had 5 receptions for 32 yards and Vanel Dossous and Carl Williams both caught four passes.

The win improved the Eagles record on the season to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in AML play while the Huskies fell to 2-7 and 1-5.  MSJC will conclude their season on Saturday when they host College of the Desert in the annual "Palms to Pines" trophy game.  The Roadrunners come into Saturday's game tied for first place in the conference with a record of 5-1, they are 5-4 overall.  Saturday's game at Carl Quandt Stadium kicks off at 1 pm.


Mt. San Jacinto College's Marlon Archer had one of two touchdowns in the final 38 seconds during Eagles win 21-12 over East Los Angeles Saturday, November 7, 2015. Photo by DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC