Guam High opens playoffs with shutout
AGANA HEIGHTS, Guam – Four days after falling out of the Far East Division I football title chase, Guam High struck a Sweet note in its return to the island and the Interscholastic Football League playoffs.
Sean Sweet ran for touchdowns of 6 and 5 yards and Tegan Brown added a 4-yard run as the Panthers blanked Southern for the second time this season, 20-0, at home on Friday, advancing to Oct. 15’s IFL semifinals.
After losing 6-0 at Kadena in Monday’s Far East D-I play-in game, Guam High “came out flat in the first half, more than anything adjusting to the field conditions, trying to get our footing together,” coach Jacob Dowdell said, comparing Kadena’s firm turf to Guam High’s muddy field.
“In the second half, we made some adjustments and took control of the game,” Dowdell said, adding that he was able to empty the bench and use mostly substitutes in the final period.
Sweet went 6-for-9 for 78 yards and Lordon Aguon 1-for-1 for 25, with Matt Eaton, named IFL MVP runner-up on Thursday, catching six passes for 95 yards. David John Cruz added 53 yards on seven carries.
Defensive leaders Theartris Eaton and Nijee Smith combined for 25 tackles. Brothers Logan and Damian Dimmick combined for 19.
Guam High hosts Saturday’s semifinal at 7 p.m., against the winner of Saturday’s IFL quarterfinal pitting Simon Sanchez at John F. Kennedy.