Third Quarter Lifts Southwestern Past Eagle Football Team
The MSJC football team trailed by just 7 points at halftime, but a tough third quarter led to their fourth straight loss as they fell on the road at Southwestern 38-14 Saturday night.
The Eagles and Jaguars played a scoreless first period before Southwestern scored a pair of rushing touchdowns giving them a 14-0 lead with 5 minutes to play in the second quarter. The Eagles answered just before the end of the first half when Corwin Cutler hooked up with Kefa Cort on a 71 yard TD pass with 38 seconds remaining and with the Josh Gonzalez's extra point the score was 14-7 at the break.
The first 17 or so minutes of the second half belonged to the Jaguars as they scored 24 straight points, 17 of them in the third quarter to break the game open. The Eagles second touchdown of the day came on another connection between Cutler and Cort as they hooked up this time on a 2 yard TD pass with 6:53 to play in the game.
Southwestern shut down the Eagles' running game holding them to minus 26 yards of net rushing yards on the night. The lack of a running game for MSJC forced Cutler into throwing 41 passes in the game. Cutler connected on 18 of those attempts for 257 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 interception. Jake Newton was 1 of 4 passing for 13 yards. Cort ended his day catching 6 passes for 106 yards to go along with his two TDs. Elijah Brown caught a game high 7 passes for 90 yards and Mike Reed made 4 receptions.
William LuLu had a game high 8 tackles to lead the Eagle defense including 2 tackles for negative yardage. Lanai Jackson-Barrow had 6 tackles and Darwin Anderson picked up a sack for MSJC.
The loss drops the Eagles to 3-4 on the season and 0-2 in American Mountain Conference play, while Southwestern stayed unbeaten as they improved to 7-0 and 2-0.
MSJC will be back at home on Saturday when they host Victor Valley College in the 2016 Homecoming game. Saturday's game at Carl Quandt Stadium is set to kick off at 1 pm.
Corwin Cutler threw for 2 touchdowns Friday night while going 18 of 41 passing for 257 yards, but the MSJC football team lost their fourth straight game as they fell to Southwestern 38-14 in a game played in Chula Vista. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).