By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 15, 2018
Guam High Panthers
2017 season record — 3-5 overall, 106 points for, 147 points against. Lost 19-16 to George Washington in the IFL quarterfinals.
Head coach — Jacob Dowdell, eighth season, 34-26, two IFL regular-season titles.
Returning players — 12, most since Panthers won 2010 IFL Bamboo Bowl title.
Returning starters — 9.
Key performers — Travon Jacobs, So., QB; Jaylen Dowdell, Sr., OLB-RB; RaSean Jacobs, Sr., rover-receiver; Sincere Powell, Sr., RB; Julius Walker, Jr., RB (transferred from Italy); Ashton Gamboa, Sr., G; Drew Mestas, Sr., C-MLB; C.J. Brown, Fr., WR-S; Ferrell Caesar, Fr., WR-S; Matua Whalen, Fr.
Strengths — Good overall depth, especially in the line. Experience at skills positions. Strong senior leadership.
Drawbacks — Numbers remain thin compared to the league’s reigning powers.
Overview — Contending. If the lines hold up their ends on both sides of the ball and if injuries remain few, the Panthers stand a good chance of competing for their first island championship in eight years.