Sweet, defense put Guam High back on track
DEDEDO, Guam – Sean Sweet continues to live up to his name, at least where playing quarterback for Guam High is concerned.
Sweet, a sophomore, went 8-for-12 for 185 yards and three touchdowns and ran for the Panthers’ other score, helping Guam High rebound from its only loss of the season with a 28-0 victory Saturday at Okkodo.
“It feels good,” coach Jacob Dowdell said a week after his Panthers fell 42-0 at George Washington in a rematch of last year’s Interscholastic Football League’s Bamboo Bowl title game.
On Saturday, the Panthers left little to chance. With seniors Theatris Eaton and Nygee Smith starring in the interior on both sides of the ball, Guam High provided a lot of time for Sweet to throw – and precious little time for the Bulldogs to establish much offensively.
“He’s a good decision maker,” Dowdell said of Sweet, adding that when given time to throw, he makes even better choices.
On defense, Smith had 10 tackles, including three sacks, and Eaton had 12 tackles and three sacks, playing a variety of positions to keep Okkodo guessing and take advantage of mismatches, Dowdell said.
“We wanted to keep them (Bulldogs) off balance and we succeeded,” Dowdell said. “I was pleased with how things went. The defense did a really good job.”
With the game well in hand in the second half, Guam High got a chance to play many of its second- and third-unit players.
“It helps build the confidence of our young players,” Dowdell said. “You always want to build depth, but as the same time we want them to learn how to finish games.”
The Panthers (3-1) next play Father Duenas Memorial on Saturday at George Washington High School.