Guam stays perfect by blanking Southern
AGANA HEIGHTS, Guam – School-first achievements continued to pile up Saturday for Guam High’s football team.
Devon Jacobs caught a pass for a touchdown and ran for another and five other players scored as Guam High shut out winless Southern, 45-0, at Panthers Field to improve to 5-0 and clinch at least a tie for the school’s first Interscholastic Football League’s regular-season title.
“It feels great,” coach Billy Henry said, adding he was particularly gratified for four-year Panthers veterans such as Chad Albe and Benjamin Duff. “They’ve been through the hard times. They’re not just getting the opportunity, they’re participating in the opportunity.”
A win Saturday over John F. Kennedy at Okkodo High School would give the Panthers their first unbeaten regular season and first outright IFL title, and the crucial first-round bye in the IFL playoffs, which begin Oct. 8.
It would also be the first time for Guam High to beat island powers JFK, George Washington, Simon Sanchez and Father Duenas Memorial in the same season.
At the same time Henry and his charges extended their unbeaten record, Henry got a chance to gauge his second- and third-unit players after Guam High raced in front 28-0. Starters exited at first quarter’s end and subs played the rest of the way.
What Henry saw, he liked, he said, particularly defensive end Austin Barnett, who ran back an interception for a touchdown. Others who impressed included defensive tackle Austin Ola, cornerback Mark Torres and freshman quarterback A.J. Aguon. “He’s my future,” Henry said.
“It’s not my intention to run up the score, but to evaluate players once we have the lead,” Henry said.
Jacobs ran a reverse 49 yards for a score and caught a 15-yard strike from Paul Floyd the only two times he touched the ball. Matt Eaton snagged a 13-yard TD pass from Albe and Darren Perez, Damian Dimmick and Ricardo Guerrero each ran for TDs. Dimmick had 70 yards on nine carries and Tegen Brown 32 yards on two attempts.