Turnovers Plague MSJC Football in Homecoming Loss

The MSJC football team turned the ball over seven times on Saturday and despite a great effort from their defense came out on the short end of a 17-7 score in their 2017 Homecoming game.LodiongoElyardoSWern-17.jpg

The game started like it was going to be a shoot out as Southwestern scored less than 2 minutes into the game on a 35 yard pass play on just their sixth play from scrimmage on the day.  An interception by the Jaguars led to a 32 yard field goal just two minutes later and they pushed their lead to 10-0.  The Eagles lone score of the day came on the very next possession as quarterback Sheriron Jones capped an 8 play 65 yard drive with a 1 yard TD run to cut Southwestern's lead to 10-7.  The score would remain 10-7 until the second half.  Another MSJC turnover led to a quick 3 play five yard drive for Southwestern with 11:48 left in the third quarter to make the score 17-7.  From that point on both teams had trouble moving the ball and each team had turnover problems.

The day ended with the teams having almost identical total yardage as Southwestern ran 58 plays for 189 yards and the Eagles managed just 187 yards on 68 plays.  Jomari Becnel was the biggest bright spot for the MSJC offense as he ran for 69 yards on 14 carries.  Jones had a tough day throwing for 149 yards on 18 of 37 passing, he was intercepted five times.

The defense who had arguably their best game of the year were led by Jeremiah Jordan who had 10 tackles.  James Reeder and Lanii Jackson-Barrow both had 8 stops.  As a team MSJC's defense combined for 10 tackles for loss on the day and limited Southwestern to just 43 yards passing while forcing the Jaguars into 4 fumbles.

The loss drops the Eagles to 3-4 overall on the season they are now 0-2 in the American Mountain League while Southwestern improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in conference.  MSJC will be on the road for the next two weeks, starting with a game at Victor Valley next Saturday.  Kick off on the 28th is set for 6 pm.

MSJC's Lodiongo Elyardo makes a tackle Saturday afternoon while teammate Andrew Berry is ready to help as the Eagle football team lost their 2017 Homecoming game 17-7 at Carl Quandt Stadium.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)