College of the Sequoias come up short for the first time

It was a rough homecoming night for the Giants, as the College of the Sequoias football team suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of DeAnza College.

After a grueling first half, the Giants closed in on DeAnza but still fell short 3 points in the 30-27 loss on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The loss drops the Giants to 4-1 on the season after climbing their way up to a No. 5 ranking in the Northern California Coaches’ Association Poll last week. The loss now ties the Giants with American River, Fresno City and San Joaquin  Delta for the top spot in the conference. All four teams now hold 4-1 records in non-conference play.

 In Saturday’s game, De Anza started with an early touchdown in the first quarter when quarterback Josh McCain connected with Paris Shaw on a 28-yard touchdown pass just six minutes into play.

Within the next minutes, a fumble in COS territory led DeAnza to score again just one minute later on another McCain pass. This time, McCain found Bryan Fobbs at the end of a 14-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the 13-yard drive.

 The Giants turned things around for the remainder of the first, tying the game on a 45-yard run by D’Wayne Childs and a 26 yard pass from Tyler Ferguson to Jonquez Martin. The score was tied 14-14 at the end of the quarter.

 DeAnza answered with another touchdown via Josh McCain’s arm when he threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Beard.

The Giants tried to charge back but got stuck settling for a 23-yard field goal by Brian Alvarado after charging 77 yards on 11 plays, putting the score at 21-17.

DeAnza proved their own kicking power with a 31-yard field goal by Trevor Pardula to make the score 24-17 at halftime.

The second half, Alvarado started things off with a 30-yard field goal followed by another touchdown pass from Tyler Ferguson. Ferguson found Childs at the end of a 29-yard touchdown pass to take the lead for the first time all night, 27-24. De Anza tied the game with 9 minutes remaining thanks to a 39-yard field goal by Pardula. Pardula then took the lead and the win with 4:30 left in the game on a 28-yard field goal.

The Giants were unable to work their way into the endzone in the final four minutes.

The Giants will start Conference play on the road at Modesto next week following a bye week. Modesto is currently 3-2.

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