Connect with us

Football

WARRIORS CRUSH RAMS IN TITLE REMATCH

In a rematch from last year’s Miller Football League championship game, the defending-champion Pepsi Warriors crushed the Cars Plus Rams after a one-sided second half.

By Michael J.A. Nauta Jr.

In a rematch from last year’s Miller Football League championship game, the defending-champion Pepsi Warriors went to battle Sunday evening against the Cars Plus Rams at the Hal Shiroma football field in Dededo.

The highly anticipated matchup between the two teams didn’t seem to disappoint early on. However, as the game progressed things worsened and when the clock struck zero, it was the defending-champs who picked-up where they left off and defeated the Rams 43-10.

After winning the toss, the Rams deferred until the second half giving the Warriors the opportunity on offense first. However, a very hyped up special teams from Cars Plus wasted no time putting on a show as they forced Pepsi to fumble on the kick-return to change possessions immediately after a Jonathan Pablo recovery.

With starting quarterback J.J. McCloud at the helm, the Rams worked their way into the red zone and eventually set-up a first and goal from the six-yard line. It was from that point where Brandon Burgos plowed his way through the Pepsi defense for the game’s first touchdown. A successful PAT by Dylan Naputi on the ensuing play made it a 7-0 game.

The defending champions looked to equalize the game early on their second series on offense as running back Hosea Ware busted out for a 67-yard run and into Rams territory. However, Cars Plus held ground defensively and managed to force their opponents of the field four downs later. Despite the defensive stance, the Rams couldn’t capitalize on another chance at adding points to their tally.

Sticking with the ground game, the Warriors used back-to-back runs by Ware to earn a fresh set of downs from the Rams 35-yard line. Moment’s later quarterback Danny Manibusan connected with teammate Jacob Torres for the 35-yard touchdown reception. Pepsi’s Chris Santos split the uprights on the PAT to knot the game at seven apiece.

The excitement in the opening half continued as both teams gave everyone in attendance what they came for. Cars Plus retook the lead after a 27-yard field goal by Naputi put his team up 10-7. Pepsi remained poised and focused despite losing the lead. With less than a minute left till halftime, Manibusan located an open Sandy Fejeran for a 16-yard touchdown catch that allowed the Warriors to retake a 14-10 advantage.

With all the exciting action provided by both teams in the first half, most would’ve assumed that things would come down to the wire for a winner to be decided. However, the defending-champions had other intentions. On their first series of the third quarter, Ware punished the Rams defense and scored on a 15-yard run making it a 20-10 game.

Cars Plus Rams quarterback gets pressured by oncoming Warrior defense as he gets ready to make a pass. (photo by Asha Robles)

Cars Plus Rams quarterback gets pressured by oncoming Warrior defense as he gets ready to make a pass. (photo by Asha Robles)

Cars Plus seemed ready to respond despite falling behind double-digits. However, midway through the third period things just started to worsen. A bad snap resulted in a safety that gave Pepsi a 22-10 lead. For the remainder of the third quarter, the Warriors continued to expose the Rams defense as touchdowns by Alejo Lujan and another by Ware upped the Pepsi lead to 36-10.

Offensively, the Rams fell out of rhythm and were out of sync as they weren’t able to produce anything in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the Warriors added another seven to their tally. As the final whistle was blown, the defending-champions celebrated their season-opening victory.

The Warriors’ Manibusan led the offensive charge passing for 131 yards and four touchdowns in the game, while teammate Ware add two TD’s of his own. For the Rams Burgos and Naputi were credited for all of their team’s ten points.

Miller Football League action resumes Friday night at the Hal Shiroma football field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.

PHOTO GALLERY:

Pepsi Warrior's Hosea Ware slips past Cars Plus Rams defenders as he runs for the end zone. (photo by Asha Robles)

Pepsi Warrior’s Hosea Ware slips past Cars Plus Rams defenders as he runs for the end zone. (photo by Asha Robles)

Cars Plus Rams quarterback gets pressured by oncoming Warrior defense. (photo by Asha Robles)

Cars Plus Rams quarterback gets pressured by oncoming Warrior defense. (photo by Asha Robles)

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

August

September 2019

October
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Events for September

1st

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

Events for September

2nd

No Events
Events for September

3rd

Events for September

4th

Events for September

5th

Events for September

6th

07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Submit VI

Dusit Thani Resorts
Events for September

7th

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Events for September

8th

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

Events for September

9th

Events for September

10th

Events for September

11th

Events for September

12th

Events for September

13th

Events for September

14th

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

15
16
17
18
19
20
21
Events for September

15th

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

Events for September

16th

Events for September

17th

Events for September

18th

No Events
Events for September

19th

Events for September

20th

Events for September

21st

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

22
23
24
25
26
27
28
Events for September

22nd

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

Events for September

23rd

Events for September

24th

Events for September

25th

Events for September

26th

Events for September

27th

Events for September

28th

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

29
30
1
2
3
4
5
Events for September

29th

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

Events for September

30th

Foody’s 5 Fun Facts

World Champ Kaleb Cruz

Polls

Will the FD Football win streak end this season?

View Results

DID U KNOW?

Kein Artero has a list of who’s who of Artero uncles who’ve starred in Guam’s gridiron: Andre Artero UOG Tritons & Hals Angels OL, Bubba Artero UOG Tritons & Hals Angels OL, Kenny Artero SSHS DB/Baseball Pitcher, Jesse Sablan FD & Hals Angels FB, Roland San Nicolas FD & Hals Angels OL, Chuck Ada SSHS & Hals Angels DB,  Ed “Rock” Artero SSHS & Hals Angels MLB, “Wild” Bill Ada FD & Hals Angels ML, Jared Ada FD & Hals Angels WR/Utility

 

COMING SOON …

– 24th Marianas Fishing Derby

– NFL Week 3: Steelers at 49ers

QUICK HITS

UOG Athletics announced that head men’s basketball coach Brent Tipton has stepped down due to personal reasons. UOG is now seeking for a replacement after Tipton’s three years at the helm.

—————————————————-

Kyle Reyes brought the Boom to Russia and delivered a huge 1st round knockout in ACA 98.

Kyle Reyes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More in Football