Things heard from Guam High football 'Panther Territory'
Published: August 23, 2010
They'd posted their finest Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam regular season at 5-1 and matched their school-best Interscholastic Football League playoff finish by taking third place.
But at the DODDS Pacific playoffs last November on Okinawa, the bottom fell out. First was the Panthers' 15-0 shocking defeat against Seoul American, followed by a 24-7 loss to Yokota in the third-place game.
Coach Billy Henry says he and his Panthers have learned their lesson. Armed with plenty of veterans (15 starters) who remember the debacle on Okinawa well, the Panthers plan to keep things simple. No more spread offense. Plenty of wishbone attack, heralded by the team's backbone, its offensive line. It averages 265 pounds and most have played for three years in the Panther program.
Paul Floyd takes over at quarterback, and he'll be handing off plenty to D.J. Cruz. Devon Jacobs still remains a threat at receiver.
But in a big way, it's now or never. Of those 15 returnees, 13 are seniors. "Thiss is our shot. Now or rebuild," Henry said.
It begins Friday at 7 p.m. against Simon Sanchez at Okkodo High School.