Connect with us

Football

NEW LOOK CHAMPION SHARKS

The two-time defending champion Sanchez Sharks are welcoming a wave of new players though the team is still focused on playing their style of football.

By Robert Balajadia

The Sanchez Sharks proved that an efficient running game complimented by a speedy defense was more than enough to take the 2012 and 2013, both over the GW Geckos.

The hard-to-stop wishbone running scheme behind head coach Jimmy Nahalowaa featured two prolific runners in Dondre Barnes and Daniel Cruz, but the Sharks are going to be playing without the two instant impact players leaving the offense in the hands of quarterback Devin Leon and offensive threat Tre Leon.

Quarterback Devin Leon tosses a pass in route drills. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Quarterback Devin Leon tosses a pass in route drills. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

“Our approach isn’t too different. We’re always going to start from our offensive line and build from there. If we get a line going then we would be able to throw new backs in there and it’s not too big of a change,” said coach Paul Unger, after the ever elusive Nahalowaa again successfully dodged an interview.

Along with losing their backfield, starting quarterback Shawn Dumanal and safety Wes Shiroma have graduated leaving the 2014 Sharks vacant for new star roles.

Key Returnees

Matt Sojo (All Island 1st team guard/linebacker)

Tre Leon

Devin Leon

IMG_7509

Quarterback Devin Leon

IMG_7504

All Island 1st Team Guard/Linebacker

Key Losses

Dondre Barnes

Shawn Dumanal

Wes Shiroma

Daniel Cruz

Vao Vaiau

Jovan Ignacio

Larry Saralu

Fueling the defense is key All Island returnee Matt Sojo, who has been a constant selectee thanks to his rare ability to play on the offensive line while also make just as big of plays as an All Island linebacker on defense.

The Sharks have a championship pedigree after successfully defending for two straight years, but they too have put those seasons behind them and don’t stress the fact that they won back-to-back titles.

“We haven’t focused on that a whole lot, especially since we have a bunch of new guys,” said Unger on the pressure of being a title defender.

The Shark newcomers and handful of veterans will have be facing off against a revamped Southern Dolphins squad down south on Saturday at 3 pm.

Running back Tre Leon

Running back Tre Leon

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

February

March 2024

April
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
25
26
27
28
29
1
2
Events for February

1st

Events for March

2nd

3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Events for March

2nd

No Events
Events for March

4th

Events for March

5th

Events for March

6th

Events for March

7th

Events for March

8th

Events for March

9th

10
11
12
13
14
15
16
Events for March

9th

No Events
Events for March

11th

Events for March

12th

Events for March

13th

Events for March

14th

Events for March

14th

No Events
Events for March

16th

17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Events for March

16th

No Events
Events for March

17th

No Events
Events for March

18th

No Events
Events for March

19th

No Events
Events for March

20th

No Events
Events for March

21st

No Events
Events for March

22nd

No Events
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
Events for March

23rd

No Events
Events for March

24th

No Events
Events for March

25th

No Events
Events for March

26th

No Events
Events for March

27th

No Events
Events for March

28th

No Events
Events for March

29th

No Events
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
Events for March

30th

No Events

COMING SOON …

  • 3rd Quarter Sports: Rugby, Boys Basketball, Softball, Tennis in full swing!

 

 

QUICK HITS

The Guam men’s national basketball team moved up four slots in the FIBA World Ranking to #72 after an impressive win over Mongolia and a hard-fought loss to Japan.
—————————————————
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.

More in Football