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Owls see past Griffins’ threat

Grossmont's Cleveland Ford comes down with a touchdown catch in the first half. / P.J. Panebianco



 EastCountySports.com staff report

EL CAJON — The Grossmont College Griffins suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday (Sept. 10) to Citrus College, 50-14.

Citrus (2-0) jumped on top of the Griffins (1-1) with 21 points midway through the second quarter. 

Elia Kirisimasi got the Griffins on the board late in the second quarter with a fantastic toe-touch catch from Cleveland Ford III. 

The pair hooked up again in the third quarter on a 32-yard pitch and catch. That cut the deficit in half to 28-14 Citrus. 

Kirisimasi put 250 yards up on 29-of-46 passing, adding the two touchdowns to his total for the season. 

Keiyon Holloway led all rushers in the game with 75 yards on 12 carries. 

Dylan Snyder led the Griffins in receiving with six receptions for 50 yards, while teammate James Johnson added five catches for 30 yards.

In all, 12 different Grossmont receivers hauled in at least one pass.

Xavier Hamlett had six solo stops for Grossmont to lead the Griffins in that category. Matthew Diaz added five solo tackles.

Grossmont will now turn its attention to the Orange Coast College Pirates who will visit on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled once again for 3 p.m. 

Other scores:

San Diego Mesa 35, Ventura 20 — Mesa’s Gunnar Gray passed for 302 yards and two touchdowns.

Former Steele Canyon RB Junior Akuntunde rushed for a touchdown for the Olympians.

Timieone Jackson had five receptions for 112 yards and one of the Olympian passing scores.

Antoine Sullivan added 5 catches for 55 yards and the other throwing score from Gray.

Daniel Latanca also rushed for a Mesa score.

Poway’s Eric Gant had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown of 52 yards just 1:18 into the second half.

Connor Battaglia also had an INT for Mesa.

Gray’s two TD passes came in the second quarter as Mesa led 21-9 at halftime.

Golden West 22, Palomar 3 — At Costa Mesa: Palomar’s Landon Ogles boomed a 57-yard field goal on the final play of the first half, as the Comets trailed 10-3 at halftime.

Former Steele Canyon quarterback Thomas Fishburne was 11-of-19 passing for 77 yards.

Rickie Davis Jr. and Jayden Ireland had interceptions for the Comets.

Canyons 43, Southwestern 7 — At Valencia: Kahanu Davis scored on a 92-yard reception from Dylan McClain with 1:27 left in the game for the Jaguars.

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