MSJC jumped out to an early lead, but were unable to hold on as they lost in a Mountain Conference game on Saturday night 28-17 at San Bernardino Valley.
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead a minute and a half into the game when Nathon Martinez blocked a punt and Brendan Young picked it up and ran 24 yards for a touchdown. Zoltan Riazzo added the extra point and MSJC had a 7-0 lead that lasted most of the first half. Late in the second quarter Courtney Pete hooked up with Tyrone Richardson for a 34 yard touchdown pass which built the Eagles lead to 14-0 at the half.
SBVC rallied for a pair of TD's in the third quarter on two one yard runs by Jesse Arreando to tie the game at 14. The Eagles then put together a drive to reclaim the lead on a 19 yard field goal by Riazzo with :38 to go in the third quarter at 17-14. MSJC however could not score again the rest of the game and after a 23 yard TD pass by the Wolverines with 12:26 to go in the game the Eagles were behind for the first time. The Wolverines added a touchdown with under three minutes remaining for the final score of the game.
Franex Dort led the Eagles ground attack with 110 yards on 17 carries for the night. Pete and Carmen Boyer combined to go 14 of 28 passing for 175 yards. Esau Bauknight had five receptions for 58 yards and Demetrius Smith had three grabs for 66 yards, including a great diving catch to set up the Richardson TD. On defense Aubrey Bell had a career high three interceptions for MSJC. Chad Hansen led four players with double digit tackles for the Eagles with 14, Clarence Laster added 12 while CJ Ceniza and Fontayne Fuga both had 10.
The loss drops the Eagles record to 1-6 overall and 1-3 in conference play while San Bernardino improved to 3-4 and 3-1. The Eagles will have their final home game of the season on Saturday October 31st when they host Golden West at Carl Quandt Stadium. Kick off is set for 1 pm.
(10/24/2009 San Bernardino, CA)
Mt. San Jacinto College's Wide Receiver Esau Bauknight agiliy jumps over for a first down. Despite leading 14-0 at halftime, MSJC Eagles lost 28-17 at San Bernardino Valley College Saturday night.(DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)