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Guam High gridders looking to play at next level

By DAVE ORNAUER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 9, 2017

Two football players who helped Guam High to three league third-place finishes are planning to take their games to the next level.

Juan King Jr. has committed to playing for Culver-Stockton College, an NAIA school in Canton, Mo., while fellow senior Solomon White has received an appointment to the Air Force Academy and hopes to walk on to the Falcons’ football team.

King will join a Wildcats team that plays in the NAIA Heart of America Athletic Conference, and went 1-10 in the 2016 season. Assistant coach Roy Cutshaw says King, a natural running back, will likely see time at wide receiver and can add value to the Wildcats’ special teams.

“The ceiling is high for him,” Cutshaw said. “He plays with a passion between the white lines that you wish you saw every student-athlete play with, but has a humble softness off the field.”

What Cutshaw said that impressed him most is King’s “dedication to the classroom.” Something that Culver-Stockton values, Cutshaw said, with 98 percent of the school’s graduates going on to jobs in their field within six months of graduation.

“We are extremely excited for Juan to start as a member of the Wildcat family to start his pursuit of individual classroom success and with his teammates to #RestoretheRoar in our march to bring the NAIA … championship to Canton. … “

King ran 47 times for 348 yards and eight touchdowns, caught 22 passes for 499 yards and five touchdowns and had six returns for 195 yards and a touchdown last season. The Panthers were 7-2 overall and won the league’s third-place game 26-0 over John F. Kennedy.

White played primarily at quarterback and was 36-for-67 for 740 yards and seven touchdowns. He also rushed 33 times for 383 yards and six touchdowns.

“He will have the chance to walk on (to the football team) with our cadets following basic training,” Falcons assistant coach Steven Senn said.

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