Guam romps, eyes playoff seeding
Stars and Stripes
UPPER TUMON, Guam – Lorden Aguon and Guam High did their part Friday. Now, the waiting begins.
Aguon, the senior quarterback, went 13-for-16 for 420 yards and three touchdowns and rushed three times for 47 yards and the Panthers rolled up more than 600 yards of offense in a 42-14 romp at John F. Kennedy’s Ramsey Field, improving to 5-1 on the season.
Now, the Panthers must wait for the result of the showdown between Simon Sanchez vs. Father Duenas Memorial, each 4-1, at 7 p.m. Saturday at George Washington High School to see if they will win the regular season and first-round playoff bye.
If the reigning Interscholastic Football League champion Sharks beat the Friars, the Panthers finish atop the standings by virtue of beating Simon Sanchez by forfeit in the season opener. If the Friars win, they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Guam by virtue of their 15-14 win two weeks ago and would win the regular season.
“We’re going to be very interested spectators tomorrow night,” Panthers coach Jacob Dowdell said. “We’ve done all that we could.”
All that they could meant getting performances from many players on all sides of the ball. “I was very proud of this group of seniors,” Dowdell said.
Juwan Jacobs and Tegan Brown each ran for 85-yard scores. Brown had 12 tackles and Jacobs had seven plus an interception. Cody Burpo had 10 tackles and a pick. Terry Geller took a reverse 30 yards for a score and Austy Hines caught a 55-yard TD pass at halftime, shifting the game’s momentum.
The victory came at a price, though. Lewis Harris, a junior who’s played a key role at safety for the Panthers, went down with a knee injury and he’s done for the playoffs, Dowdell said.
“That will be a rallying cry for us to play hard the rest of the way,” he said.
The IFL playoffs commence next Friday.