Tough Second Half Costs Eagle Football Team

The MSJC football team couldn't find any points in the final 41 minutes of play on Saturday afternoon as they fell in home game at Carl Quandt Stadium 31-7 to Antelope Valley College.KefaCortforAVC-17.jpg

AVC opened the scoring on the day when they put together a 7 play 52 yard drive midway through the first quarter capped by a 15 yard touchdown pass from Armani Edden to Nathaniel Myles.  The two teams defenses kept the score at 7-0 until the 11 minute mark of the second period when the Eagles tied the game on an 18 yard scoring run by Jomari Becnel and an extra point from Coby Perine.  MSJC's touchdown came after a 10 play 68 yard drive.  Once again the defenses took over the rest of the half and the teams were locked in a 7-7 tie at the half.

Field position became the key to the contest in the second half and AVC took advantage.  After the Eagles were forced to punt for the second time in the half a short kick gave AVC the ball at the MSJC 35 yard line.  It took the Marauders just two plays to score the go ahead touchdown from there and reclaim the lead at 14-7.  Another short punt on the following MSJC possession gave AVC another short field and they cashed in with a 35 yard field goal to extend their lead to 10 with 1:44 remaining in the third quarter.  Early in the fourth the Marauders broke the Eagles' backs with a blocked punt that was picked up and run in by AVC's Clifton Jordan from 20 yards out to push the lead to 24-7.  AVC would take advantage of great field position one more time when they scored on another quick two play drive from the 25 yard line with 11:41 to play in the game to make it 31-7.

The Eagle defense despite the score was impressive as they allowed just 205 yards of total offense from AVC.  The Marauders ran for just 91 yards on 36 attempts.  James Reeder and Lanii Jackson-Barrow both had a team high 8 tackles in the game while Demarco Boyd had 1.5 sacks and Jeremiah Jordan had 2.5 tackles for negative yardage.

MSJC out gained AVC on the afternoon as they had 288 yards of total offense in the game.  Sheriron Jones was 21 of 48 passing for 217 yards he was intercepted twice.  Kefa Court had a game high six catches for 74 yards.  Jomari Becnel finished the day with 34 yards rushing on 7 carries while Ibn Adrien carried it 9 times for 33 yards.

The loss drops MSJC's season record to 2-2 while Antelope Valley improved to 2-3.  The Eagles will play their final non-conference game of the season on Saturday when they travel to Van Nuys to take on Los Angeles Valley.  Kick off on Saturday is set for 6 pm.

MSJC's Kefa Court #10 had a team high 6 catches on Saturday, but the Eagle football team lost to visiting Antelope Valley 31-7 at Carl Quandt Stadium. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)