Giants pluck Owls to keep streak

When the Foothill Owls marched down the field in their opening drive and set up in scoring position on the Giants’ 13-yard line, it looked as though COS might have a tough night ahead. But when then-undefeated Owls quarterback Tony Genarro slung his attempted touchdown pass toward the end zone, COS defensive back Stormy Butler cut it off at the 5-yard line, and ran it all the way back for a touchdown.

Butler’s game-changing play set the tone for a night of impenetrable Giants defense and relentless offense.

COS captured its fourth straight win of the season in a 37-14 beating of the Owls on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Mineral King Bowl in Visalia.

On Foothill’s very next drive, the Giants forced another turnover when a hard hit by COS’s Julio DeRosier of Miami, Fla. knocked the ball loose on the Foothills 11-yard line and the Giants jumped on it to take back possession deep in Owl country.

A personal foul call against the Owls on the next play set up the Giants on the 7-yard line, from which COS’s Marquis Cooper of Fresno ran it in for a touchdown, bringing the score to 14-0 five minutes into the first quarter.

On their second drive of the night, the Giants scored their third touchdown on a 1-yard run by Cooper, capping a six-play, 75-yard drive. The Giants led 21-0 at the close of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, COS continued to stretch the lead, adding 2 more points with a team safety when Foothill quarterback Genarro fumbled the ball in the end zone and jumped on it to prevent another COS defensive touchdown.

The Owls defense proved porous again on the Giants very next drive. The Giants finished their 57-yard drive with a Zach Perigo 15-yard touchdown run up the middle to improve COS’s lead to 30 points.

Before the half closed, the Owls made a mark on the scoreboard after working their way painstakingly down the field on a 92-yard drive to score on a 2-yard pass completion from Genarro to Chris Williams. With 40 seconds left in the half, the Giants led the Owls 30-7.

The Giants started the second half with quarterback Tyler Ferguson throwing his only interception of the night. Both teams faltered in the third, struggling to pick up first downs. The game went scoreless in the second half until six minutes into the fourth when COS’ Zach Perigo scored his second touchdown of the night on a 65 yard run, bringing the score to 37-7

Still fighting, Foothill made it an even fourth quarter when Genarro completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Chris Williams with five minutes of play remaining in the game.

That was all the Owls could muster and the game ended 37-14 with the Giants maintaining a perfect non-conference record. Perigo finished as the leading rusher for the night with 107 yards on seven carries.

Brian Alvarado finished with 67 yards on seven carries contributing to the Giants total 222 rushing yards on the night. Ferguson finished the night 26 completions on 38 attempts for 182 yards.

The Giants will host its final non-conference game on Sept. 29 against DeAnza. The game is slated to begin at 6 p.m. The Giants will open Valley Conference on Oct. 13 at Modesto.

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