MSJC Football: Eagles pick up second straight win, dominate LA Southwest

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Mt. San Jacinto College offensive lineman Gunner Harp (56) blocks for running back Doryan Cole (33) in the Eagles 58-21 win over LA Southwest Saturday, Sept. 14. AC Sports photo

The Mt. San Jacinto College football team fell behind 8-0 Saturday, Sept. 14, and came back to score 51 straight points on their way to a 58-21 non-conference win over visiting team, LA Southwest.

The Eagles were aggressive from the opening kickoff as they attempted an on-side kick to open the game, but the Cougars were able to recover the ball and set themselves up in good field position. A nine play 45-yard drive ensued that resulted in an LA Southwest touchdown, and it looked like the Eagles may have their hands full on the hot afternoon. MSJC quickly struck back however on the very next play from scrimmage when Brett Virgil connected with running back Sherod White on a 30-yard touchdown pass, which was made possible by a 66-yard kick return by Alonzo Bell. The game was tied at 8-8 after a two-point conversion by each team. From that point on the Eagles dominated the contest. Later in the first quarter Virgil ran in a TD from 7 yards out to cap off a seven play 62-yard drive, and at the end of the first period MSJC led 15-8.

In the second quarter Javier Luna and C.J. Sullivan both caught touchdown passes from Virgil, and the Eagles ballooned the halftime lead to 30-8. The onslaught continued on the first play from scrimmage of the second half when Virgil hit Luna for a 64-yard TD pass to extend the lead even further to 37-8. Two more touchdowns would follow in the third as Virgil and White each scored again on the ground, with a 1-yard run from Virgil and a 5-yard scamper by White. Caleb Massawe would score the Eagles final touchdown of the day in the fourth period. LA Southwest was able to push the ball across the goal line twice in the final 3:20 of the game, including big 51-yard run on the final play of the game.

For the day, the Eagles out gained the Cougars 478-241 and controlled the ground game out rushing their opponents 224-71. Virgil finished the game 7 of 17 passing for 174 yards and 4 TDs, he has thrown for 9 touchdowns through the Eagles first two games. White led a balanced rushing attack with 11 carries for 87 yards, Virgil added 68 yards on the ground and Doryan Cole ran it 10 times for 41 yards. Cole also had a team high of 3 receptions.

The defense was led by Steven Bradshaw who had 10 tackles, including 7 solo and 4.5 for loss. Dallas Frederick added 5 tackles and Kervin Jones had a QB sack. Other highlights include Darryl Moody, who came up with MSJC’s first interception of the season.

The Eagles now 2-0 on the year will make their first road trip of the season Saturday, Sept. 21, when they travel to El Cajon to take on Grossmont College at 3 p.m.

Article contributions made by the MSJC Athletics Department.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.