MSJC Football Can't Pull Off Homecoming Victory

The MSJC football team scored the first points of the afternoon on Saturday, but Victor Valley roared back in the second and third quarter to win 45-27 in the Eagles 2016 Homecoming game at ElijahBrownPassTdvsvvc-16.jpg
Carl Quandt Stadium.

Corwin Cutler started the scoring on the day when he hooked up with Elijah Brown on an 18 yard touchdown pass with 1:47 to play in the first quarter, giving MSJC a 6-0 lead.  The Rams came back to take the lead on the first play of the second period when they matched the Eagles 18 yard TD pass with one of their own, and after the extra point led 7-6.  The Eagles would respond just 4 minutes later when Cutler and Brown connected again, this time on a 40 yard scoring strike and after the Josh Gonzalez extra point led 13-7.  From that point on however, Victor Valley seized control of the game.  The Rams scored 17 straight points to end the first half, culminated by a 42 yard field goal by Austin Williams with just 2 seconds remaining giving them a 24-13 lead at the break.

Victor Valley kept the rally going as they out scored MSJC 21-0 in the third quarter to push their lead all the way to 45-13.  The Eagles were able to score two fourth period touchdowns on a 56 yard pass from Cutler to Mike Reed and a Noah Kimbrough one yard run.

Cutler finished the day going 17 of 28 passing for 260 yards and three scores.  Brown wrapped up his day with 6 catches for 140 yards and Reed also hauled in 6 receptions for 67 yards.  On the ground Jomari Becnel and Kimbrough were held to just 65 combined yards rushing on 19 carries.

The Eagle defense was led by Lanai Jackson-Barrow who had 11 tackles while Devin Pearson had 10.  D.J. Reed-Samuel had 7 tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery for MSJC.  Pearson and Darwin Anderson each had a sack in the losing effort.

The loss was the Eagles fifth straight and kept them from earning their first American Mountain Conference win of the year.  MSJC is now 3-5 overall on the season and 0-3 in conference games.  Victor Valley improved to 5-3 and 2-1.

MSJC will host their final regular season home game next Saturday when they take on San Diego Mesa in a 1 pm game.

MSJC's #1 Elijah Brown had two touchdown catches on Saturday October 29th against Victor Valley during the Eagles' 2016 Homecoming game, but it wasn't enough as MSJC lost to the visiting Rams 45-27.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).