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Father Duenas' Cade Taitano evades the tackle of Guam High's Randy Angoco.
Father Duenas' Cade Taitano evades the tackle of Guam High's Randy Angoco. (Donna Rhodes/Special to Stripes)

MANGILAO, Guam – Aaron Johnson lifted Guam High to a five-point halftime lead against Guam league-leading Father Duenas Memorial. But in the second half, it was all Friars in a battle for first place in the Interscholastic Sports Association standings.

Father Duenas outscored the Panthers 15-0 in the second half, en route to a 17-7 win. The Friars improved to 3-0 and lead the standings by a game over the Panthers, who fell to 2-1.

“It was inexperience on our part,” coach Jacob Dowdell said. “We had players going both ways, we made young defensive mistakes and by the fourth quarter, we were just running on fumes.”

Guam High quarterback Aaron Johnson is upended by Father Duenas' Tristan Burgos and Anthony Quichocho.
Guam High quarterback Aaron Johnson is upended by Father Duenas' Tristan Burgos and Anthony Quichocho. (Donna Rhodes/Special to Stripes)
Father Duenas' Jaron Meno tries to evade Guam High defenders Laethain Gumabon and Cedric Murphy.
Father Duenas' Jaron Meno tries to evade Guam High defenders Laethain Gumabon and Cedric Murphy. (Donna Rhodes/Special to Stripes)

The muddy turf at George Washington High School Geckos field didn’t help either team, as the Friars fumbled five times and the Panthers four.

Johnson scampered 72 yards for a first-half touchdown en route to a total of 115 yards on 12 carries. Johnson was also 4-for-8 passing for 36 yards, all completions to Jack Ellis.

“We’ll see them (Friars) in the playoffs,” Dowdell said.

The Panthers visit Okkodo next Friday; kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Guam High quarterback Aaron Johnson heads for the end zone on a 72-yard touchdown run.
Guam High quarterback Aaron Johnson heads for the end zone on a 72-yard touchdown run. (Donna Rhodes/Special to Stripes)

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