AGANA HEIGHTS, Guam – After rolling through its first three foes by a 30.3-point average margin of victory, Guam High came upon its first big challenge of the 2010 season Saturday against perennial power Father Duenas Memorial.
Tegan Brown and the Panthers passed the test. Brown ran for 8 yards on third-and-eight in overtime as Guam High escaped the Friars 25-19 at Panthers Field.
“This was our biggest test,” said coach Billy Henry of the Panthers (4-0), who stayed atop the Interscholastic Football League regular-season standings by a half-game over defending champion George Washington.
Brown’s touchdown came on a straight dive play. “We went to our strength and pushed them off the line,” Henry said.
Father Duenas had a shot to extend the game to a second overtime, but Theartis Eaton recorded a quarterback sack, then Benjamin Duff broke up a pass on fourth down that would have tied it.
“Defense won it for us,” Henry said.
It’s the first time in Guam High’s 13-year football history that the Panthers have beaten George Washington, Simon Sanchez and FD in the same regular season.
All that remains in the way of the Panthers’ first regular-season championship are a home date with winless Southern (0-4) on Saturday and a season-ending clash with third-place John F. Kennedy (3-1) at Okkodo High School on Oct. 2. Kickoff for both games is 3 p.m.
“Unless JFK or Southern have something for us, we’re going to roll through the league,” Henry said, at the same time sounding a cautionary note: “One game at a time.”
After a 506-yard performance the week before in a 54-13 rout of Okkodo, Paul Floyd was held to 4-for-8 for 48 yards, with a touchdown pass to Devon Jacobs. Floyd also returned an interception 43 yards for a score.
Jacobs ran for 98 yards on five carries, including a 23-yard touchdown. Brown finished with 25 yards on eight carries, and D.J. Cruz added 58 yards on 17 attempts.