Falcons suffer Loss in Valley of the Sun Bowl

Falcons suffer Loss in Valley of the Sun Bowl

Mesa, AZ – The Lackawanna College Football team saw its undefeated season come to an end in the second overtime period of the Valley of the Sun Bowl, by a 48-42 score. The game was a tale of two halves. In the first half Lackawanna outscored Mesa Community College 21-7, only to have the Thunderbirds come back in the second half to outscore the Falcons 28-14 to leave the score tied at 35 -35 at the end of regulation.

In the first overtime, Mesa won the toss and elected to take ball first. The T-Birds immediately scored on that possession, only to have the Falcons tie the score at 42-42 on a 24 yard pass from David Pindell to Jerod Diggs.

In the second overtime, Lackawanna moved to the 10 yard line only to lose ground on a fumble. A subsequent Erik Hill attempted field goal went wide left, giving Mesa an advantage. The Thunderbirds followed that miss with a touchdown pass to claim the victory.

Saturday's scoring summary follows. It is taken from the Bowl's official stats, which are missing the unsuccessful field goal and the winning touchdown.

Lackawanna College 7 - 0 Mesa Community College 11:27 1st

Jerod Diggs 9 yd pass from David Pindell. (Erik Hill kick is good)
Lackawanna College Drive 11 plays for 86 yards in 3:33

Lackawanna College 14 - 0 Mesa Community College 06:29 1st

David Pindell 1 yd run. (Erik Hill kick is good)
Lackawanna College Drive 9 plays for 70 yards in 3:53

Lackawanna College 21 - 0 Mesa Community College 01:34 1st

Jerod Diggs 5 yd pass from David Pindell. (Erik Hill kick is good)
Lackawanna College Drive 6 plays for 85 yards in 4:02

Lackawanna College 21 - 7 Mesa Community College 04:02 2nd

Skylor Clinton 11 yd pass from Rathen Ricedorff. (Ryan Grimm kick is good)
Mesa Community College Drive 5 plays for 70 yards in 1:20

Lackawanna College 21 - 14 Mesa Community College 14:20 3rd

Darius Aguirre 53 yd pass from Rathen Ricedorff. (Ryan Grimm kick is good)
Mesa Community College Drive 2 plays for 63 yards in 0:36

Lackawanna College 21 - 21 Mesa Community College 03:44 3rd

Darius Aguirre 20 yd pass from Rathen Ricedorff. (Ryan Grimm kick is good)
Mesa Community College Drive 3 plays for 23 yards in 1:37

Lackawanna College 28 - 21 Mesa Community College 00:52 3rd

Zahneer Shuler 5 yd pass from David Pindell. (Erik Hill kick is good)
Lackawanna College Drive 7 plays for 54 yards in 2:42

Lackawanna College 28 - 28 Mesa Community College 14:31 4th

Tyrek Cross 5 yd run. (Ryan Grimm kick is good)
Mesa Community College Drive 4 plays for 37 yards in 1:08

Lackawanna College 35 - 28 Mesa Community College 11:57 4th

Marcellias Sutton 35 yd run. (Erik Hill kick is good)
Lackawanna College Drive 6 plays for 65 yards in 2:34

Lackawanna College 35 - 35 Mesa Community College 09:40 4th

Darius Aguirre 40 yd pass from Rathen Ricedorff. (Ryan Grimm kick is good)
Mesa Community College Drive 5 plays for 70 yards in 2:08

Lackawanna College 35 - 42 Mesa Community College OT

Tyrek Cross 2 yd run. (Ryan Grimm kick is good)
Mesa Community College Drive 0 plays for 0 yards

Lackawanna College 42 - 42 Mesa Community College OT

Jerod Diggs 24 yd pass from David Pindell. (Erik Hill kick is good)
Lackawanna College Drive 0 plays for 0 yards

Lackawanna's offensive leaders were Marcellias Sutton, who rushed for 93 yards on 11 with a touchdown; David Pindell, who completed 24 passes in 38 attempts for 279 yards and 4 TDs; and Jerod Diggs, who caught 11 passes for 112 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The Falcons' defensive leaders were Brad Zaffram, with 11 tackles and a pass breakup; Joram Smith, with 8 tackles; Justin Walker, with 7 tackles and a sack; Mustafa Mitchell, with 6 tackles and pass breakup; and Rashaad Pressey, with 6 tackles. Tyrone Washington had the teams only interception and was credited with a 44 interception return.

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