The MSJC football team saw their three game winning streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon as they lost a close game at San Diego Mesa 18-15.
The game started quickly as MSJC fumbled on their first offensive play of the game setting up the Olympians in scoring position. Mesa took advantage two plays later when PJ Russell connected with Brandon Diaz on a 31 yard pass for the day's first score. The Eagles responded however, blocking the extra point and Darian Porter returned it 98 yards for 2 points. The Eagles took their first lead of the day early in the second quarter when Eddy Williams capped a 6 play 64 yard drive with an 8 yard touchdown run. Brett Cronenwett added the extra point and MSJC held a 9-6 lead. Mesa answered with a field goal on their following possession to tie it up at 9-9. The Eagles then regained the lead with under a minute to play in the first half when Cronenwett connected on a 30 yard field goal to send MSJC to the locker room up 12-9.
Mesa struck first in the second half as they once again tied the game up with a field goal with 4:30 to play in the third. The Eagles put together a 7 play 76 yard drive late in the third to set up Cronenewett's second field goal of the day from 25 yards out to once again give MSJC the lead at 15-12.
Mesa put together the game winning drive in the fourth quarter when Anastacio Romo scored on a one yard run with 4:15 to go that gave the Olympians the 18-15 advantage.
Williams finished the day for the Eagles carrying the ball 25 times for 80 yards, while quarterback Zach Chesser was 18 for 27 throwing for 232 yards. Vanel Dossous made 7 catches for 97 yards to lead the receiving corps. Johnny Williams had a team high 9 tackles for the Eagles while Joe Robinson had 8.
The loss dropped MSJC to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the American Mountain Conference while Mesa improved to 2-4, and 1-2. The Eagles return home on Saturday to take on Southwestern at 1 pm at Carl Quandt Stadium.
Johnny Williams recorded 9 tackles on Saturday, but it wasn't quite enough as the MSJC football team lost an American Mountain Conference game to San Diego Mesa 18-15.