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BULLDOGS OUT TO COMPETE

Each year the Okkodo Bulldogs have shown improvement in all areas of the football. Now under head coach Ken Cruz, the Bulldogs are pushing to top their recent success and compete as a top team in the league

By Robert Balajadia

For the past couple of seasons the Okkodo Bulldogs have given their fans plenty of reasons to cheer after producing their first MVP in defensive linebacker Justin Santos, while picking up playoff wins in the that span.

Now under the head coaching of Ken Cruz, the Bulldogs are pushing not only to replicate their success in recent years but exceed them featuring a bunch of new additions to the team.

“Okkodo has a really young team and has not matured yet. I can really see this program developing starting from this year and we have  a lot of eager players so we’re looking to be competitive this year,” said Cruz.

Quarterback Leeray Zapatos taking snaps during practice. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Quarterback Leeray Zapatos taking snaps during practice. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Losing Santos and all-purpose offensive and defensive player Calvin Muna may seem like a big hit to the defense but defensive captains Jesse Carl Cruz and Adrian Whitfield are not taking any snaps off to ensure the Bulldog defense is as stingy as it has always been.

Leeray Zapatos gives the offense much needed veteran leadership while Dylan Aguon is set to be the Bulldogs biggest offensive threat.

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Defensive Captain Jesse Carl Cruz

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Quarterback Leeray Zapatos

 

Key Players in 2014

Jesse Carl Cruz

Leeray Zapatos

Dylan Aguon

Adrian Whitfield

Key Losses

Justin Santos

Calvin Muna

Kyle Cruz

One of the easiest parts of Cruz’ transition as head coach is coaching the younger players on the squad who have come from GNYFF.

“These players had a foundation already so coming into high school makes it much easier, they’re not difficult to coach and they know the game of football. It’s just a matter of adapting to a new coaching style,” said Cruz on the youth.

Okkodo kicks off the season against the GW Geckos up North at the Bulldog home field and Cruz is expecting to see his squad show signs of early nerves.

“There’s usually going to be first game jitters,” admitted Cruz. “There’s nothing uncommon about that, but as the game goes on we still shake off those jitters, regroup and do what we need to do.”

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Defensive Captain Adrian Whitfield

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Offensive weapon Dylan Aguon

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QUICK HITS

Shawn Bamba won the Arizona state wrestling championship while siblings Jussiah and Justyn took third place in their divisions at state.
Shawn (12th) won the 150-lb division while Jussiah (11th) took bronze in the 120-lb class and Justyn (9th) took bronze in the 106-lb category.
All three were born on Guam before moving to Surprise, Arizona in 2014, where they all picked up wrestling in 2016.
Their parents are Justin and Shannon Bamba from Pago Bay.
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Christian Delos Santos, son of Richard Delos Santos (Barrigada) and Norma Larimer Delos Santos (Dededo), won the Kentucky High School Athletic Association wrestling state championship in the 113-lb weight class.
His sister Naiya took 3rd place in the 100-lb girls division.

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