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BLUE RAPTORS READY TO LIGHT UP SUNDAY

The first ever Triple J & GSPN High School Football All-Star game is kicking off this Sunday, November 8th! The two teams have one practice session under their belt and are gearing up for an All-Star throw down. Get to know a little about the Blue Raptors, made up of the 1st Team Offense and 2nd Team Defense.

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By Robert Balajadia

This coming Sunday November 8th will be the official kick off for the first ever Triple J & GSPN’s High School Football All-Star game. The game will be played between 60 of best high school football players split into two teams, the Blue Raptors and the Silver Mustangs. Kick-off is scheduled for 6:30 pm at the JFK Field in Tamuning.

The rosters are based off the All-Island list, which was comprised at the end of the season between all the school’s coaches. The 1st Team Defense and 2nd Team Offense (Silver Mustangs) will be head coached by FD Friars Bruce Meno and the 1st Team Offense and 2nd Team Defense (Blue Raptors) will be head coached by GW Geckos Ryan Rios.

GSPN will feature both teams and the entire roster, building up the excitement level before Sunday’s big showdown.

The Blue Raptors

The boys in the predominant blue uniforms have inherited the name of Triple J’s vicious Ford Raptor, the do-it-all truck that is a fierce machine both in performance and aesthetics. With the truck built to withstand even the toughest of terrains, the Blue Raptors football squad will aim to do the same with the leagues top offense and gritty defense.

“Our passing game is going to be much more dominant,” said GW Geckos Quarterback Brendan Santos of his Raptors. “I’m not trying to talk trash, but we’ve got a lot of weapons for our passing game, but we’re just going to have to see how this plays out on Sunday.”

Santos was also named the IIAAG All-Island Offensive MVP and at his disposal are the two most dangerous receiving threats in action man Devin Sudo from the FD Friars and a very familiar target in Noah Blas of the Geckos.

“I’ve played against all these guys so I know what we are capable of doing. I’m more than excited to play in a game like this,” added Santos.

The run game will be heavily reliant on the speed of Shancez Sharks Dan Cruz and Okkodo Bulldogs Jesse Karl Cruz, with Friar fullback and leading touchdown getter Jake Benito in the mix for a potent run game. Also making the 1st Team cut was Geckos Ryan ‘Hollywood’ Quitugua, the all-purpose offensive threat who can line up anywhere he’s needed on offense.

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The lone Tiyan Titan in All-Star game will be specialist Leo Diaz, the return man that sparked the Titans in their 2015 season debut.

They will be going up against the IIAAG’s best defense, which consists of MVP Damon Hocog and a slew of championship performers from the FD Friars. Santos knows that Sunday presents a tough challenge ahead, but he feels his team might surprise people.

As for the Raptors defense, the 2nd Team boys aren’t playing into the 2nd Team mentality. They will be going up against the Friar heavy run game with De’Aundre Cruz and Leon Shimizu carrying the ball for the Silver Mustangs as well as the rising star in quarterback Daniel Phillips of the FD Friars.

Linebacker Sage Garcia, a JFK Islander, is up to the challenge and feels his defense is strong enough to disrupt the offensive grooves of their Mustang opponents. With a defense that also consists of a handful of title winning Friars, The Raptors defense are hungry for some hits.

“I feel all the players on this team is made up of top level talent and there’s no disadvantage of us being the 2nd team,” said Garcia of his teams defense. “This is going to be a fun game and I’m sure our defense is looking forward to laying out a few hits.”

The teams met for practice Tuesday and will meet again Thursday and Friday before the game Sunday. Stay tuned tomorrow as we check in with the Silver Mustangs!

The Blue Raptors

*not all players were present during jersey distribution

Coaching – Head coach Ryan Rios (GW); assistants Ken Cruz (Okkodo); Jacob Dowdell (GH); Jimmy Naholowaa (SS); Bill Quichocho (GW), Mark Mesngon (GW)

(Not pictured below)

FB – Jake Benito FD Friars
RB – Jesse Karl Cruz Okkodo Bulldogs
K – Jerome Artero FD Friars
P – Joshua Lujan FD Friars
CB – T.J. Aguon Guam High Panthers
S – Nolan Chamberlain JFK Islanders
KR – Hezekiah Cruz GW Geckos
U – Mason Manglona JFK Islanders
DE – Donovan Johnson-Coleman Guam High Panthers

Brendan Santos - GW Geckos Quartebrack Village - Harmon Favorite Football Player -

Brendan Santos – GW Geckos Quartebrack
Village – Harmon
Favorite Football Player –

Dan Cruz - Sanchez Sharks running back Village - Yigo Favorite Football Player - Daniel Cruz (brother)

Dan Cruz – Sanchez Sharks running back
Village – Yigo
Favorite Football Player – Daniel Cruz (brother)

Devin Sudo - FD Friars Receiver Village - Yona Favorite Football Player - DeShaun Jackson

Devin Sudo – FD Friars Receiver
Village – Yona
Favorite Football Player – DeShaun Jackson

Noah Blas - GW Geckos Receiver Village - Sinajana Favorite Football Player -Ryan Rios

Noah Blas – GW Geckos Receiver
Village – Sinajana
Favorite Football Player -Ryan Rios

Ryan 'Hollywood' Quitugua - GW Geckos Utility Village - Mangilao Favorite Football Player - Bill Quichocho

Ryan ‘Hollywood’ Quitugua – GW Geckos Utility
Village – Mangilao
Favorite Football Player – Bill Quichocho

Jeremiah Pinaula - FD Friars lineman Village - Barrigada Favorite Football Player - none

Jeremiah Pinaula – FD Friars lineman
Village – Barrigada
Favorite Football Player – none

Cole Merfalen - FD Friars Tight End Village - Mangilao Favorite Football Player - Rob Gronkowski

Cole Merfalen – FD Friars Tight End
Village – Mangilao
Favorite Football Player – Rob Gronkowski

Ricky Brown - JFK Islanders Quarterback Village - Tamuning Favorite Football Player - Andrew Luck

Ricky Brown – JFK Islanders Quarterback
Village – Tamuning
Favorite Football Player – Andrew Luck

Luis Hofschneider - GW Geckos lineman Village - Barrigada Favorite Football Player - Ndamukong Suh

Luis Hofschneider – GW Geckos lineman
Village – Barrigada
Favorite Football Player – Ndamukong Suh

Henry Lizama - Sanchez Sharks lineman Village - Dededo Favorite Football Player - J.J. Watt

Henry Lizama – Sanchez Sharks lineman
Village – Dededo
Favorite Football Player – J.J. Watt

Darwin Sablan - GW Geckos lineman Village - Mangilao Favorite Football Player - Clay Mathews

Darwin Sablan – GW Geckos lineman
Village – Mangilao
Favorite Football Player – Clay Mathews

Leo Diaz - Tiyan Titans return man Village - Barrigada Favorite Football Player - Tyrann Mathieu

Leo Diaz – Tiyan Titans return man
Village – Barrigada
Favorite Football Player – Tyrann Mathieu

Devin Tuncap - FD Friars linemen Village - Dededo Favorite Football Player - James Harrison

Devin Tuncap – FD Friars linemen
Village – Dededo
Favorite Football Player – James Harrison

Sage Garcia - JFK Islanders Linebacker Village - Tamuning Favorite Football Player - Luke Kuechly

Sage Garcia – JFK Islanders Linebacker
Village – Tamuning
Favorite Football Player – Luke Kuechly

Kobe Tupaz - FD Friars Defensive End Village - Barrigada Heights Favorite Football Player - Julio Jones

Kobe Tupaz – FD Friars Defensive End
Village – Barrigada Heights
Favorite Football Player – Julio Jones

Frankie Tenorio - FD Friars Linebacker Village - Santa Rita Favorite Football Player - Ray Lewis

Frankie Tenorio – FD Friars Linebacker
Village – Yona
Favorite Football Player – Ray Lewis

Storm Manglona - FD Friars Cornernback Village - Chalan Pago Favorite Football Player - Chris Harris Jr.

Storm Manglona – FD Friars Cornernback
Village – Chalan Pago
Favorite Football Player – Chris Harris Jr.

Danilo Pocaigue - GW Geckos Nose Guard Village - Barrigada Favorite Football Player - Marshawn Lynch

Danilo Pocaigue – GW Geckos Nose Guard
Village – Barrigada
Favorite Football Player – Marshawn Lynch

Dylan Salas - Sanchez Sharks Linebacker Village - Dededo Favorite Football Player - Ray Lewis

Dylan Salas – Sanchez Sharks Linebacker
Village – Dededo
Favorite Football Player – Ray Lewis

Terrance Aguon - Southern Dolphins Defensive Tackle Village - Agat Favorite Football Player - Ray Lewis

Terrance Aguon – Southern Dolphins Defensive Tackle
Village – Agat
Favorite Football Player – Ray Lewis

 

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