Givens shines in all-star Classic


Chris Givens

Chillicothe's Chris Givens reeled in six catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns in the 62nd Annual North-South Classic Saturday leading the South squad to a 50-7 win and earning game MVP honors.

Matt Natali caught up with Givens after the game for more.

COLUMBUS – Chris Givens of Chillicothe showed just why he is an all-star Saturday night.

In the 62nd Annual Grange Insurance North-South All-Star Classic, Givens reeled in six catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns earning game MVP honors in front of 5,070 fans at Columbus Crew Stadium.

“I give thanks to God because without him I wouldn’t be able to do the things I do,” Givens said after the game. “I also want to say thanks to my teammates. They pumped me up all week. I was injured Tuesday and Wednesday with a hamstring but the trainer did a lot to help me rehab it.”

Givens, who had 57 catches for 1,118 yards and 11 touchdowns in senior campaign leading Chillicothe to a 8-3 record, was the Southeast Ohio District Player of the year and a first-team All-Ohio honoree in 2006.

“I just wanted to represent Chillicothe my best and have a good time,” said Givens.

Both of his touchdowns came in the first quarter on 29 and 27 yard receptions from South quarterbacks Skylar Jones (Middletown, Wake Forest) and Chris Smith (South Point, Marshall), respectively, in rout to a 50-7 South blowout.

“On the North side, you’ve Nate Oliver, Lebron Daniel – you’ve got all those all-stars going to Big Ten and BCS schools. But all week the South team was very loose and we all got along with each other very well and I guess that is just how it turned out,” Given said.

North defensive MVP Nate Oliver saw a lot of Givens, a Miami (Oh.) recruit, in the secondary from his safety position. 

“I think he definitely stood out,” Oliver said. “He gave us some trouble because he is so tall and goes up and gets the ball. He is a great talent. Miami got a good one with him.”

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