Floyd’s passing boosts Guam to new IFL heights
AGANA HEIGHTS, Guam — Paul Floyd arrived at Guam High at midseason last fall as a junior tight end after transferring from Yokota, Japan. Coach Billy Henry saw something in Floyd that made him think he could star as a quarterback.
Floyd proved Henry’s faith well-founded Saturday, throwing for four touchdowns and running for another as the Panthers routed Okkodo 54-13. The win gave Guam High (3-0) sole possession of first place in the Interscholastic Football League for the first time in school history.
Floyd “has poise in the pocket, he has great vision, he can take a hit, and he has a great offensive line in front of him,” Henry said.
Guam High began the 2010 season as purely a running team, but Henry opened things up Saturday, he said, as a message to the rest of the league that “we have the total package this year.”
Floyd’s statistics seemed other-worldly. According to Guam High’s coaching staff, Floyd was a perfect 20-for-20 for a school-record 506 yards. He threw two touchdowns each to Matt Eaton (160 yards, 4 catches) and Devon Jacobs (120, 5; 101 yards, 3 carries).
“He was definitely in a zone,” Henry said of Floyd.
The Pacific’s single-game record for yards in a game is 570 by David Page of South Korea’s Yongsan Dragons in 1995.
Never before has Guam High held first place in the IFL this late in the season, and never have the Panthers won a regular-season title nor an IFL postseason championship.
“It’s fantastic,” Henry said of Guam High’s unprecedented heights. “We’re all really happy.”
Floyd’s pyrotechnics came after the Panthers fell behind the Bulldogs 7-0 on Okkodo’s first possession. Henry said he believed his players were looking ahead to their upcoming battle with longtime IFL power Father Duenas Memorial. Kickoff is 3 p.m. Saturday at Panthers Field.
“We took this team (Okkodo) for granted,” Henry said. “We’re not going to take any more teams for granted. We’re lining up for Father Duenas next Saturday. That’s going to be one of the better teams left in the way” of Guam High chasing its first IFL regular-season championship.
D.J. Cruz added 78 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and Tegan Brown and Damien Dimmick each added touchdown runs for the Panthers.