MSJC Football Wins Double OT Thriller in Home Opener

The MSJC football team built a 20-0 lead and then escaped in double overtime on Saturday as they won their 2017 home opener at Carl Quandt Stadium 27-26 over Glendale.JomariBecnelforGlendale-17.jpg

The Eagles started the game with an impressive 14 play 94 yard opening drive that culminated in a 7 yard touchdown run by Jomari Becnel.  Coby Perine added the extra point and MSJC led 7-0.  Late in the first quarter Becnel would strike again this time with an explosive 78 yard run that pushed the Eagles lead to 14-0 with the point after.  Quarterback Sheriron Jones would extend the lead to 20-0 with 7:10 to play in the second quarter when he scored on a one yard run which capped another long drive, this time the Eagles went 93 yards in 9 plays.  Glendale would finally get on the board with 4:04 to play before halftime when they scored on a one yard run of their own by Michael Bonds.  The Eagles would go to the locker room at halftime up 20-7.

Glendale opened the second half much like the Eagles started the game as they took the ball on the first drive of the third quarter 90 yards in 13 plays with Daniel Torres scoring on a 10 yard TD run to cut the lead to 20-13.  The extra point attempt was no good.  The teams traded a couple possessions to end the third period, but early in the fourth the Vaqueros would strike again when Bonds connected with Tyree O'Neil on a four yard touchdown pass and after the extra point the score was tied at 20 a piece.  Glendale kicker Michael Selsor had a chance to win the game on the final play of regulation, but his 47 yard field goal attempt sailed wide right and the game would move into overtime.

In the first overtime the Eagles had the ball first, but failed to score when they missed a field goal of their own.  Glendale would in turn miss another field goal, this time from just 24 yards out and the game moved into a second extra period.  The Vaqueros got the ball first in the second OT and Bonds found O'Neil again on a four yard scoring strike to give Glendale the lead 26-20.  This time it was the point after that missed to keep the margin at 6.  MSJC then had their chance to tie or win it from the Glendale 25 yard line.  The possession began with a false start by the Eagles putting them in a first and 15 situation at the 30 yard line.  On the next play Jones found Jayden Lundy for a 30 yard TD that tied up the game.  Perine was able to make the extra point and bring home the win for the Eagles.

Becnel would finish the game for MSJC with 133 yards rushing on 16 carries to go along with his two touchdowns.  Jones went 23 of 34 passing for 203 yards with one TD and one interception.  Daniel Singer was the Eagles leading receiver on the day as he made 11 grabs for 93 yards.  On defense Andrew Berry had a team high 10 tackles while James Reeder III had 9.  Quentin Blair had a sack for the Eagles.

The win improved MSJC's record to 2-0 on the season while Glendale fell to 0-3.  The Eagles return to action next Saturday when they travel to Woodland Hills to take on LA Pierce in a 6 pm contest.  MSJC returns home on Saturday September 30th when they host Antelope Valley at Carl Quandt Stadium.  Kick off on the 30th is set for 1 pm.

MSJC's Jomari Becnel rushed for 133 yards and two TDs on Saturday as the Eagles defeated Glendale 27-26 in double overtime at Carl Quandt Stadium.  MSJC is now 2-0 on the season and will travel to LA Pierce next Saturday for a 6 pm contest.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).