A 27-point second half outburst by Sacramento City downed the College of the Sequoias football team 34-21 on Saturday at Hughes Stadium.
Panthers quarterback Jayden Machado threw for 323-yards and four touchdowns.
It took a little over a minute on Sacramento City's first drive for Machado to throw for his first touchdown. He found Robert Harrison on a 34-yard strike.
With Sacramento City leading 7-0, COS running back Andrew Azua caught quarterback Nolan LeForge's pass to tie the game at 7-7. Azua's only touchdown of the night capped off a 14 play, 96-yard drive for Sequoias in the second quarter.
Coming out of halftime, Sacramento City regained the lead with Machado finding wide receiver Jordan Moore, putting the Panthers up 14-7.
Sequoias' quarterback Gus Villareal came in and scampered into the end zone five minutes later. Villareal's 15-yard rushing touchdown tied the game once more, this time at 14-14.
With the two teams going back-and-forth, Sacramento City seized the momentum the rest of the night when Tayvian Cunningham returned the ensuing kickoff 95-yards for a touchdown.
A Ryan Buchanan fumble set up Machado and Moore for the second time. The duo hooked up on an 8-yard pass in the red zone, giving the Panthers a 28-14 lead.
Machado and Moore teamed up for the final time in the fourth quarter, as Moore broke loose for a 77-yard touchdown.
COS could not break past the Panthers defense until 1:54 remaining in the game. LeForge's six-yard pass to Dvonte Crandle trimmed Sacramento City's lead to 13 points. That lead would reign supreme the rest of the night in California's capital city.
LeForge finished 22-of-34, with 234-yards, and two touchdowns. Azua rushed for 104-yards on 23 carries. Phillip Adams had five catches and led Sequoias in receiving yards with 119.
The Giants have a bye this upcoming week. Sequoias return to action on October 14, as they open Valley Conference play hosting Modesto at the Mineral King Bowl.