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ISLANDERS TOP DEFENDING CHAMP SHARKS

The JFK Islanders put the rest of the league on notice Saturday night after dominating the defending champion Sanchez Sharks to improve to 3-0 on the season.

By Jesse Pinkston Santos

Typically when a football team has over 20 penalties in a game, the assumption is that the team lost, but that wasn’t the case Saturday night.  Despite a tremendous amount of unnecessary penalties, the JFK Islanders walked away proud as they not only beat the two-time defending champion Sanchez Sharks 20-6, but they are now 3-0 on the season.  Coming off of a sub-par season last year, JFK is anything but thus far.

After a lot of back and forth and penalties in the first quarter, JFK stopped Sanchez and the Sharks punted away.  Islander senior, Wayne-Michael Jesus took off on the sideline finding himself near the Sanchez 25-yard line when a huge block by teammate Christopher Naputi allowed him to find the endzone for a 70-yard punt return touchdown.

JFK's QB Quintin Iriarte makes a nice QB sneak and picks up 5 yards on the play. (Photo by Joey Blas)

JFK’s QB Quintin Iriarte makes a nice QB sneak and picks up 5 yards on the play. (Photo by Joey Blas)

 

The point after was good, boosting JFK up 7-0.  Naputi describes his block, “I was just running down field and I saw that my own guy was breaking away and he had one more guy to beat so I sprinted my hardest and tried to block for him.  It feels great.  It was a nice block and for us to get the first touchdown.  It got our boys’ head up and made us more confident.”

Midway through the second quarter the Islanders quarterback Quintin Iriarte found Jesus once again but this time it was in the air.  Jesus then picked up 15 yards after the completion for another touchdown.  The point after was no good and the Islanders went into halftime with a 13-0 lead.  Plagued with even more penalties throughout the second half, JFK managed to push forward.

Seconds into the fourth quarter, Iriarte found Ivan Quidachay in the endzone and with a successful point after attempt, JFK took a commanding 20-0 lead.  Nearing the end of the game the Sharks were able to punch in a touchdown up the middle from Mitchell Igcasenza thanks to meaningless yards given to Sanchez due to JFK’s penalties.  JFK kneeled out the last few plays to secure the 20-6 win.

Islander defensive end Jared Deleon Guerrero commented on the game.  “Yes we had a lot of penalties but we need to encourage and help our [team] to not get mad, stay calm and level headed.  I think we have a good outlook as long as we trust each other.  We need to stay humble and I think we will be ok.”  Deleon Guerrero finished the game with six tackles.

JFK will play at home against Guam High on Saturday at 7 pm next week and Sanchez will be at GW on Friday at 7 pm.

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Sharks Mitchell Igcasenza finds a at the goal line to run it in for the first Touchdown of the game with 1 minute left in the fourth quarter. (Photo by Joey Blas)

Sharks Mitchell Igcasenza finds a hole at the goal line to run it in for their only touchdown of the game with one minute left in the fourth quarter. (photo by Joey Blas)

JFK Islanders defense played a big role tonight holding the two time champions to one touchdown. (Photo by Joey Blas)

JFK Islanders defense played a big role holding the two-time defending champions to one touchdown. (photo by Joey Blas)

Sharks Running Back Matthew Sojo runs towards the sideline to pick up a couple of yards before being tackle by Islander defender. (Photo by Joey Blas)

Sharks running back Matthew Sojo runs towards the sideline to pick up a couple of yards before being tackled by Islander defenders. (photo by Joey Blas)

Sharks Running Back Mitchell Igcasenza receives the hand off in the back field and runs it for a gain of three yards. (Photo by Joey Blas)

Sharks running back Mitchell Igcasenza receives the hand off in the back field and runs it for a gain of three yards. (photo by Joey Blas)

JFK Wayne Michael Jesus makes a nice reception on the sideline and avoids being tackled by Shark defenders and it in for the Touch Down. (Photo by Joey Blas)

JFK Wayne Michael Jesus makes a nice reception on the sideline and avoids being tackled by Shark defenders for the touchdown. (photo by Joey Blas)

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