Leon Guerrero’s three FGs doom Panthers’ bid for unbeaten season
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MANGILAO, Guam — Guam High’s bid for an unbeaten football season and first-round playoff bye came undone Tuesday thanks to the field-goal touch of right-footed kicker Brian Leon Guerrero.
He booted field goals of 33, 30 and 31 yards, the last early in the fourth quarter and the Father Duenas defense stopped the Panthers on two fourth-quarter drives as the Friars prevailed 15-14 on rain-soaked Geckos Field at George Washington High School.
“This was a tough one to swallow,” Panthers coach Jacob Dowdell said after the Panthers had three touchdowns called back.
“That got people riled up,” Dowdell said. “But their placekicker was the star of the game. That was the difference in the game.”
The teams played teeter-totter with the lead, with Guam (3-1) going up first before the Friars (4-0) tied it 6-6, then went ahead 12-6 in the third quarter. The Panthers led briefly 14-12 early in the fourth before Leon Guerrero’s game-winning kick.
Lorden Aguon was 16-for-26 for 170 yards, throwing a touchdown to Austy Hines, and ran four times for 64 yards. Hines finished with 83 yards on four catches.
Juwan Jacobs caught three passes for 76 yards, rushed for a touchdown, made 12 tackles and — as Dowdell said he would in his pre-game assessment — shut down Friars receiver Bryton Cepeda.
The victory puts Friars in the driver’s seat for the Interscholastic Football League’s regular-season championship and first-round playoff bye.
“In the end, I’m proud of our guys, our coaches, our athletics director and principal,” Dowdell said.
“We could have easily won this game. This gives us the fuel to add to the fire to get ready for our next game. You have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and take care of business against Southern.”
The Panthers next face winless Southern on Saturday at a time and site to be determined. The Friars visit winless Okkodo on Friday at 7 p.m.