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IIAAG FOOTBALL WEEK 4 REVIEW

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By Michael Cruz

IIAGG Football Week 4 Review:

  • GW Geckos’ quarterback Hank Sablan options to run the ball for a first down. (photo by Jesse Castro)

    GW Geckos’ quarterback Hank Sablan options to run the ball for a first down. (photo by Jesse Castro)

    The GW Geckos picked up a much needed win defeating Okkodo 13-6. Quarterback/running back Hank Sablan led the Geckos on a 57 yard drive which ended with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Valentine. Sablan switched back to running back and added a 15 yard rushing touchdown to put the Geckos up 13-0. The GW defense had its best performance this season allowing only one touchdown in the red zone. The Geckos stand at 2-2 with Sanchez and JFK remaining on their schedule. GAME RECAP: Geckos def. Bulldogs 13-6

  • Okkodo scored only once on four trips to the red zone. The Bulldogs have to be disappointed knowing this game was winnable. The Bulldogs defense kept the game within reach as the offense was intercepted to end the game. Coach Cepeda and his staff will have adequate time to prepare for their September 27 showdown with FD.
  • SHS Dolphins’ Corey Duenas makes his way through the FD Friars defensive line. (photo by Jesse Castro)

    SHS Dolphins’ Corey Duenas makes his way through the FD Friars defensive line. (photo by Jesse Castro)

    Southern’s return to the field was a victory in itself. Coach Rios and Coach Terlaje should be commended for getting this team on the field and salvaging the season. Hopefully, this will be a catalyst for the football team to build for the present and future. I hope the coaching staff is committed for the long term, because these kids need it. QB Frank Cruz and RB/kick returner Jaythen Conway had good games.

  • FD continues to improve every week from 7, 27, and 44 points in each game. It all starts with QB Tyler Okiyama (26 for 33 or 63% completion rate in 3 games) and his accurate arm. Okiyama passed for 94 yards and three touchdowns in one half. The running game was huge as RB Rocco Flores had 3 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown. The defense held its second opponent this season to zero points and Joshua Miranda added a safety for good measure. The “ABC Express” receiving corps of Aglubat, Brown, and Cepeda accounted for three touchdowns. Kicker Brian Leon Guerrero went a perfect 6-6 on extra points. GAME RECAP: Friars def. Dolphins 44-0
  • Dondre Barnes led the Sanchez Sharks offense in a shutout victory over the JFK Islanders.

    Dondre Barnes led the Sanchez Sharks offense in a shutout victory over the JFK Islanders. (photo by Joey Blas)

    Sanchez’s defense came up big and held JFK to zero points. Dondre Barnes had a fine game scoring one rushing touchdown. The sharks defense of Cruz, Ignacio, Sojo, Dumanal, Hernandez, and Vaiou wrecked havoc with many big plays. Sanchez is coming together at the right time with Coach Naholowaa’s leadership. Big matchup with FD remain in the regular season. GAME RECAP: Sharks def. Islanders 13-0

  • JFK failed to score for the second time this season. QB Quintin Iriarte has been contained in his two games versus FD and Sanchez. Jared Hernden, Alan Pinkine, Jesus and Rivera provided some offensive spark for the Islanders. Unfortunately, the offense was unable to get past midfield and gave up a pick 6 against the shark defense. The Islander defense had some success in holding the Shark offense to one touchdown. Guam High, GW, and Southern remain on the slate.
  • Week 4 Offensive Player of The Week- Tyler Okiyama QB – FD – The QB threw for three touchdowns in FD’s big 44-0 win.
  • Week 4 Defensive Player of The Week- Jovan Ignacio DL – Sanchez – The big man returned a fumble for touchdown in helping the Sharks seal the 13-0 win.

Week 5 Prediction

  • JFK vs. Southern – JFK will get on the scoreboard this week and Southern will put up 100 yards of offense. JFK 21 Southern 7.
  • GW vs. Sanchez – A matchup of last year’s title game. Look for teams to stack the box in this game. Both teams are well coached and will be amped for this rivalry meeting. Hank Sablan will provide excitement on both sides of the ball. Experience counts and that’s where the Sharks have the edge. Dondre Barnes will have a big game this week. The Shark’s scoring defense also favors them. Sanchez 28 GW 21.
  • Guam High vs. FD – The two undefeated teams have been preparing to play each other since their flag football game this past summer. This time the game is with pads and for the #1 seed on the island. The two best passers meet in a classic matchup. LJ Aguon (23 of 46 for 479 yards) is on pace for another offensive MVP. His receiving corps is better than last year. Wide Receivers Hines, Jacobs, and Geller will be a concern for the Friars. Juwan Jacobs is the faster player on the island. Tegan Brown has been everywhere on both sides of the ball. The Panthers will rely on depth as FD will be the most physical team they faced this season. FD’s win over GW 27-14 was equally impressive as Guam High’s win.  QB Okiyama will look to his passing game against a secondary that has not been tested this season. Overall, these teams matchup well on both sides. I would say neither coach has an edge. The difference will be on who turns the ball over the most. Guam High 42 FD 35.

Power Rankings

  • Guam High (3-0)
  • FD (3-0)
  • Sanchez (3-1)
  • GW (2-2)
  • JFK (1-2)
  • Okkodo (0-4)
  • Southern (0-3)

IIAGG All Island Team Game

How about an all-star game with the All Island Offense versus All Island Defense after the Championship game? I would like to also see an IIAGG All Island Team versus DODD Pacific All-star team.

Off Island Report

  • Former Guam High Standout Matthew Eaton and the Pascagoula Panthers lost 28-0 at home to D’Iberville.

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1263410/highlights/69474376?autoplay=1

  • Former Malesso resident and current high school sophomore Jared Tajalle is a wide receiver/punt returner for the Allen Eagle JV 1 team. The varsity team is #1 in Texas and #2 nationally.

 

  • Defending Island Champs Tafuna High School of America Samoa has outscored its first three opponents 201-8. America Samoa like Guam has a seven team league.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Anyone out there who is aware of other players stateside with a Guam connection please let me know!

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