An hour delay on the kickoff, temperatures nearing the three digits were all a factor as the Brahmas began the 2019 season with a loss to the Mt. San Jacinto College Eagles.
Both teams come off winning seasons with the Brahmas finishing 6-4, while the Eagles went 7-3.
The first half of the game was close to a repeat of what occurred last year at John Shepard Stadium.
Eagles took the lead through Javier Luna after quarterback Brett Virgil completed a five yard touchdown pass. They went for the two-point conversion, however it wasn’t successful.
Luna and Virgil would connect again this time for 56 yards and MSJC went up 14-0 with the extra point being good.
The Brahmas would get their first touchdown of the year through Brandon Brock after quarterback David McCullum connected with him for 60 yards.
Towards the end of the first quarter, Cayden Chambers restored a two possession lead for the Eagles.
In the second, Andrew Young stepped in at quarterback and connected with Kareem Miles for 20 yards.
Chambers would go on to score again after Virgil completed a 34-yard pass making the score 27-14.
With 44 seconds in the half, Jaron Usher gave Eagles a 20-point lead heading into the break.
In the second half however things changed for the Brahmas. Lord Jones opened the scoring for Pierce however they still had a long way to go.
With 2:43 left in the third quarter, McCullum decided to run for it and scored making the game 34-28 and giving Pierce momentum heading into the fourth.
The Eagles however would score a crucial touchdown with 2:50 in the game. Sherod White ran for 49 yards with the two-point conversion being good.
Ian McCullough would score for Pierce off a fumble recovery bur it wasn’t enough. The game ended 42-34 with Eagles winning the game.
The Brahmas are back in action Saturday when they host the West LA College Wildcats at 6 p.m.