Moreau Catholic helped make its case for the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs with an Mission Valley Athletic League victory over visiting American on Friday. The Eagles are also eligible for the Division II playoffs.

Moreau Catholic (5-5, 3-3 MVAL) overcame a 14-0 second quarter deficit, led by the tandem of sophomore Jason Hinton and Nicholas Kinast. Hinton ran wild in the second half, gaining 141 of his game-high 181 yards after halftime, including a 62-yard touchdown run that gave the Mariners a 15-14 lead in the third quarter.

"That was a big momentum shift on both sides," Hinton said. "We rode that momentum the rest of the game."

Kinast ran for 154 yards and a score while throwing for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

Trailing 29-20 with 6:12 left, the Eagles (5-5, 2-4) pulled within three when Kyle Barker hit Deangelo Cox for a 15-yard score with 4:13 remaining, but were unable to get the ball back. Robert Pinkney led the Eagles with 138 yards rushing and a touchdown. He also added a 99-yard kickoff return for another score.

Moreau Catholic 29, American 26

American          7          7          6          6--          26

Moreau          0          7          15          7--          29

A — Pinkney 62 run (Mayoral kick)

A — Popal 5 run (Mayoral kick)

MC — Roxas 24 pass from Kinast (O'Bryan kick)

MC — Hinton 62 run (Hinton run)

A — Pinkney 99 kickoff return (run failed)

MC — Kinast 20 run (O'Bryan kick)

MC — Carvajal 27 pass from Kinast (O'Bryan kick)

A — Cox 15 pass from Barker (kick failed)

Rushing: A -- Pinkney 7-138, Lyell 22-94, Adair 8-38, Popal 3-14, Barker 1-3. Totals 41-287. MC -- Hinton 16-181, Kinast 23-154, Souto 3-5, Garcia 1-1, Team 2-(-4). Totals 45-337. Passing: A -- Barker 4-9-1 78. MC -- Kinast 6-18-0 98. Receiving: A -- Cox 2-22, Wellington 1-47, Adair 1-9. MC -- Carvajal 2-39, Roxas 2-28, Goulart 1-26, Maroun 1-5. Fumbles/lost: American 1/1; Moreau Catholic 0/0. Records: American 5-5, 2-4 MVAL; Moreau Catholic 5-5, 3-3.