Pacific H.S. football: Guam falls to JFK in OT; teams will meet in playoffs
NAVAL STATION, Guam — Guam High’s regular season and homecoming football game ended on a wet, dismal note as Jordaniel Baynum passed 10 yards to Mike Shinohara and John F. Kennedy edged the Panthers 12-6 in overtime Saturday at rainy, muddy Blue Jacket Field at Naval Station Guam.
“This was painful,” coach Yvonne Tyrrell said of the defeat, calling it worse even than the Panthers’ 60-6 loss to three-time defending champion George Washington on Sept. 16. “That was more tolerable. This was the worst loss (of the season) for me.”
Of the Panthers’ three defeats, two have come by six points or less.
“We can’t get those guys over the hump,” Tyrrell said. “They played 47 minutes, they went down to the wire, they got into the overtime and let them (JFK) have it. It was JFK’s for the taking and they took it away from them. We don’t have that intrinsic motivation that says, ‘Let’s take this game.’ Three or four do but ... they can’t carry the whole team.”
The Islanders and Panthers each finished 2-3 and earned the fourth and fifth seeds in the six-team, single-elimination island playoffs.
Those playoffs are to start Friday — with Guam and John F. Kennedy slated to meet again at a time and site to be determined.
Guam High entered the regular season’s final weekend in position to earn the No. 2 playoff seed and a first-round bye.
The Panthers needed George Washington (5-0) to beat Father Duenas Memorial (3-2), which the Geckos did 26-18 on Friday. But Guam High also needed to beat JFK and hope that last-place Southern (0-5) could upset Simon Sanchez (3-2). The last two pegs didn’t fall into place: Guam High lost and Simon Sanchez downed Southern 26-14.
Third-seed Simon Sanchez faces No. 6 seed Southern on Saturday.
All the regulation-time scoring in Saturday’s game took place in the second quarter. Baynum tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Matt Sasai to put the Islanders ahead 6-0. Guam High rallied to tie it 6-6 at halftime on Cameron Yecki’s 62-yard strike to Raymond Beria.
The game assumed a defensive posture in a scoreless second half. Then Baynum, who was 11-for-25 for 156 yards despite the conditions, hit Shinohara with the game-winning TD pass in overtime. Guam High failed in four tries to get to the end zone and extend overtime or come away with the victory.
“It was truly exciting for the crowd,” Tyrrell said, adding that fans, parents and school officials toughed out the torrential rain. “They all stayed there and everybody was soaking wet. Everybody was drenched.”
Of having to face the same team on Friday, Tyrrell said her charges must convert “lip service” about winning into results.
“They’re going to say they want to win,” Tyrrell said. “They’re giving an awful lot of lip service going out after the win, but when it gets down to doing the work ... we’ll see.”
Pacific prep football
Pacific prep football
W L Pct. PF PA
George Washington 5 0 1.000 220 37
Father Duenas Memorial 3 2 .600 127 61
Simon Sanchez 3 2 .600 81 108
John F. Kennedy 2 3 .400 54 106
Guam High 2 3 .400 62 105
Southern 0 5 .000 34 161
Friday, Oct. 6
George Washington 26, Father Duenas 18
Saturday, Oct. 7
John F. Kennedy 12, Guam High 6, OT
Simon Sanchez 26, Southern 14
End regular season
Friday, Oct. 13
Game 1-Guam High vs. John F. Kennedy, time and site to be determined.
Saturday, Oct. 14
Game 2-Southern vs. Simon Sanchez, time and site to be determined.
Friday, Oct. 20
Game 3-Game 1 winner vs. George Washington, time and site to be determined.
Saturday, Oct. 21
Game 4-Game 2 winner vs. Father Duenas Memorial, time and site to be determined.
Friday, Oct. 27
Game 5-Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser at higher seed, time and site to be determined.
Saturday, Oct. 28
Game 6-Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner at higher seed, time and site to be determined.