Slow Start Costs Eagles at Saddleback

The MSJC football team fell behind late in the first quarter Saturday night and could not recover en route to a 41-15 loss at Saddleback.

The Gauchos scored first with 4:57 remaining in the first quarter on a one yard run by quarterback David Ingram. Running back Micah Abreu-Laybon then took over the game scoring 3 of his 4 touchdowns before halftime leading to a score of 27-0 Gauchos at the break.

The Eagles battled back in the second half playing the Gauchos evenly in the last 30 minutes. Both MSJC touchdowns were passes from Collin Wigely to Courtney Pete the first an 18 yard pass with :33 to go in the third quarter and the second a 24 yard pass with 4:15 left in the game. Wigely finished the game connecting on 15 of 28 passes for 148 yards. Pete led the way receiving with 7 total catches for 62 yards. Daniel Chamberlain, Chris McKenzie and Anthony Mackmore also had receptions on the evening. Running back Deshaun Smith rushed for 115 yards on 19 carries and Butch Tuvale added 36 yards on the ground on 7 carries before leaving the game due to injury. At the end of the night the Eagles had accumulated 276 yards of total offense.

The loss dropped MSJC to 0-2 on the season. The Eagles will be back in action Saturday September 20th with their home opener against College of the Desert. Desert comes into that game 2-0 on the year. Kick off is set for 1 pm at Carl Quandt Stadium on the Mt. San Jacinto campus.