SPRING VALLEY – The Steele Canyon Cougars’ Major Givens rushed 35 times for 252 yards, including touchdown runs of 44 and 38 yards, and Finley O’Gorman had three of the team’s eight sacks in a 34-17 win over the visiting Grossmont Foothillers on Friday night.
The Cougars made it look easy on the scoreboard, especially after the Hillers took a 10-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter, but Grossmont’s second touchdown came with under one minute left in the game.
Givens, a sophomore, also racked up 64 yards on kick returns and had 325 all-purpose yards on the evening.
O’Gorman caught a 52-yard completion from senior quarterback Elia Kirisimasi and forced a fumble on defense.
Kirisimasi rushed for two short touchdowns, as well. The senior scored on a 1-yard run with 8:22 left in the second quarter to close the Hillers’ lead to 10-7. His 1-yard score with 11:30 left in the third quarter give SC a 21-10 lead.
Steele Canyon sophomore Adrien Chargualaf had a team-high 10 tackles, including eight solo stops, and recorded an interception with 1:23 to go in the first quarter.
Teemo Rangel, Kenneth Davis, Josiah Stewart, Cannon Kanzius, and Chargualaf had the other sacks for the Cougar ‘D’.
Junior David Martinez kicked a pair of field goals, including a 38-yarder.
Grossmont opened the scoring with a field goal just 3:08 into the first quarter by Joseph Garcia.
Big-play man Nate Acevedo caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from senior Justin Brown just nine seconds into the second quarter.
Givens had his 44-yard touchdown run with just over five minutes left in the first half to give Steele Canyon a 14-10 lead.
His second score came with five minutes to play in the game and gave the Cougars a three-touchdown lead.
Givens enjoyed his huge success running behind the likes of junior Logan Hicks and senior Tristan Lovering.
Brown hit Chris Chrzan with a 47-yard score with 53 ticks to play.
Steele Canyon junior Nathaniel Gillis was credited with three passes defended.