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MANGILAO, Guam – George Washington avenged last year's 7-6 Bamboo Bowl championship loss to Guam High, outscoring the Panthers 14-0 in Saturday’s Interscholastic Football League title game at GW’s home Geckos Field.

“We came up a little short,” first-year coach Jacob Dowdell said of his Panthers, who finished 7-4 on the field, but had two early-season victories taken away by forfeit for having turned in an incomplete roster to the league before the season began.

Despite the adversity, “proud cannot begin to describe” how Dowdell said he’d felt. “We lost over 20 seniors last year, and for the kids to come back after all that adversity. To come back and play hard, I’m impressed with the character they displayed.”

With the coaching post having resembled a revolving door over the years, Dowdell said he was planning to be back at the Panthers' helm “for a very long time” and to continue building on what he started.

Dowdell alternated Sean Sweet and Lorden Aguon at quarterback throughout; they combined to go 13-for-23 for 175 yards and caught four passes for 39 yards. Matt Eaton caught five passes for 119 yards.

On defense, Logan Dimmick recorded 18 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries. “The sheriff proved himself tonight,” Dowdell said of Dimmick.

Theartris “T-Rock” Eaton added 14 tckles and Nijee Smith 11. Sweet intercepted a pass and had eight tackles. Tegan Brown forced two fumbles and Tyree Willis recovered two fumbles.

George Washington (8-0) enjoyed its first perfect season in six years.

In the third-place game at John F. Kennedy High School’s Ramsey Field, Simon Sanchez edged Okkodo 8-6.


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