Guam High dominates on the field again
AGANA HEIGHTS, Guam – Be it on offense, defense or special teams, Guam High made it a long night for Southern in the Panthers’ Interscholastic Football League regular-season finale.
Sean Sweet was 4-for-7 for 145 yards and two touchdowns and ran back an interception 45 yards for a score as defending IFL champion Guam High pounded Southern 47-8, evening its record at 3-3 and clinching the fourth seed in the IFL playoffs.
Sweet on offense, Theatris Eaton and Nyjee Smith on defense and Logan Demick on special teams have stepped into leadership roles this season for the Panthers, and coach Jacob Dowdell says he’s pleased with the work of all of them.
“These are guys who are committed to do what they need to do,” said Dowdell, in his first year as Panthers head coach. “They make things really work for us.”
Eaton had six tackles and a sack and Tegan Brown had six solo tackles for the Panthers. Damon Demick and Lordon Aguon each rushed for a touchdown, Matt Eaton caught four passes for 132 yards and a touchdown and Marcus Domingo caught a 3-yard TD pass.
D.J. Cruz returned the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown and Daniel Morta brought back a punt 95 yards for a score for Guam High, which has lost only once this season on the field, but had to forfeit two games for submitting an incomplete roster to the league.
Guam High played mostly second- and third-line players after the first quarter to rest their regulars for the IFL playoffs, which begin Oct. 7 with the Panthers facing Father Duenas Memorial; and Far East Division I play-in game on Oct. 3, when Guam High travels to Kadena, Okinawa.
“They are raring to go and definitely ready” for the playoffs, Dowdell said.
George Washington clinched the IFL’s top seed and a first-round playoff bye by beating John F. Kennedy 40-6 in the Pacific’s oldest rivalry, dating back to the 1960s. Father Duenas beat Okkodo 20-7.