The MSJC football team scored the winning touchdown with just over one minute to play on Saturday as they defeated visiting San Bernardino Valley College 30-24 at Carl Quandt Stadium.
SBVC opened the game by scoring the first 10 points with a first quarter field goal and an early second quarter touchdown, before the Eagles offense showed signs of life. Zach Chesser, making his first start of the season at quarterback for MSJC, scored the Eagles first touchdown of the day on a 1 yard run with 9:07 to play in the first half, but a missed extra point kept SBVC up 10-6. The Eagles took the lead with just 30 seconds remaining in the half when Chesser found Jamion Lindsey for a 20 yard touchdown pass and after Brett Cronenwett added the extra point MSJC led at halftime 13-10.
The Wolverines would reclaim the lead early in the third quarter when Kendrick Dorn scored his second touchdown of the day on a one yard run to make it 17-13. MSJC cut the lead to one on their following possession as Cronenwett hit a 35 yard field goal. The Eagles went back on top with just over 4 minutes to play in the third quarter when Chesser hooked up with running back Eddy Williams on a 67 yard touchdown pass making the score 23-17 in favor of MSJC.
SBVC set up the exciting finish when they once again retook the lead with just 5:34 to play in the game on a 16 yard pass play from Daniel Epperson to Isaiah Gibbs. Cody Madsen's extra point gave the Wolverines a 24-23 advantage. On the ensuing drive for the Eagles they methodically drove the ball down the field on a 9 play 75 yard drive that was capped off by a Chesser to Tyler Henderson 7 yard TD strike with just 1:16 left in the game. With the PAT MSJC held a 30-24 lead.
The Eagles defense came up big on SBVC's final drive as Abiade Granger broke up a third down pass play and Marvin Hifo deflected a 4th down pass from the Wolverines Epperson to seal the victory.
Defensive tackle Johnny Williams had a monster game for the Eagles recording 13 tackles with 3 sacks and 5 total tackles for loss. Hifo finished the afternoon with 8 tackles a sack and two pass deflections, while Ronald Gaither came up with an interception for MSJC.
Chesser finished his day going 19 for 33 passing for 249 yards and 3 TDs, while Williams had 17 carries for 79 yards. Lindsey was MSJC's leading receiver on the day with 7 catches for 86 yards, Jaron Johnson had 4 receptions.
The win improved the Eagles to 2-2 on the season and 1-0 in the American Mountain Conference while SBVC fell to 2-2 and 0-1. The Eagles will be at home again on Saturday October 4th when they host Compton at 1 pm at Carl Quant Stadium on the San Jacinto Campus.
Mt. San Jacinto's Eddy Williams high hurdles with ball during Eagles' 30-24 victory over San Bernardino Valley Saturday. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)