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GUAMS CLUTCH SCORE BEATS SAIPAN

Team Guam went to battle on the gridiron against Team CNMI, the first time a team from Guam has battled a Saipan opponent on Guam soil in youth football, in the Second Annual Marianas Youth Football Friendship Games.

By Michael J.A. Nauta Jr.

Saturday afternoon, several of the island’s best youth football athletes played host to our neighboring island visitors at the Raiders fifield in Tiyan. Team Guam went to battle on the gridiron against Team CNMI, the first time a team from Guam has battled a Saipan opponent on Guam soil in youth football, in the Second Annual Marianas Youth Football Friendship Games.

With fans cheering excitedly for their respective teams, neither was willing to let down which provided for a great game. When things came to a close and time on the clock struck zero, it was the host team that walked away with a 12-6 victory.

After deferring until the second half, Team Guam gave CNMI their first shot on offense to start the game. Backed by their starting quarterback Donavin Ada, CNMI hoped to move the chains downfield. However, the home team had other things in mind as they held ground defensively and forced their opponents to punt.

Team Guam began their first drive on offense starting from deep inside CNMI territory. Several run plays allowed Guam to move the ball up to the 48-yard line. It was from that point when Guam’s Gabriel Stanley sped his way through a slew of CNMI defenders for a 52-yard touchdown run and a 6-0 lead.

 Fred Lumagda of Guam gets his hands on a pass intended for Saipans' Kimo Angailen.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Fred Lumagda of Guam gets his hands on a pass intended for Saipans’ Kimo Angailen. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

With only minutes left in the opening quarter, CNMI looked to respond. However, an errant pass attempt would be picked-off by Guam. Despite forcing the turnover, the local boys couldn’t capitalize and eventually turned the ball back over on downs.

Midway through the second period, CNMI equalized the game after picking up huge yardage on the ground. After a 25-yard run by Ada put CNMI on the 30-yard line, teammate Zander Tkel took care of business and finished what was started. After locating a gap in the Guam defense Tkel busted open for a 70-yard TD run making it a 6-6 game.

From the start of the second half, things would get a bit more exciting as both defenses stepped it up a notch. Despite several opportunities to post points on the board, both teams would be denied. It wasn’t until late in the game when a turn of events went in favor of the host team. With ten seconds left on the clock, Guam managed to find the end zone in what eventually became the game clincher.

PHOTO GALLERY:

After getting control of a long pass from Donavin Ada, Matthew Kapileo of Saipan blasts down the field leaving Guam in the dust.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

After getting control of a long pass from Donavin Ada, Matthew Kapileo of Saipan blasts down the field leaving Guam in the dust. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Zander Tkel of Saipan hammers Fred Lumogda to stop the play after a short gain.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Zander Tkel of Saipan hammers Fred Lumogda to stop the play after a short gain. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Donavin Ada of Saipan gets a stiff arm out to prevent being brought down by Blaze Mapote.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Donavin Ada of Saipan gets a stiff arm out to prevent being brought down by Blaze Mapote. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Dylan Parke of Guam gets stopped by Don Pangelinan near the ten yard line.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Dylan Parke of Guam gets stopped by Don Pangelinan near the ten yard line. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Gabriel Stanley of Guam gets wrapped up after only a short gain in the first quarter.  (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

Gabriel Stanley of Guam gets wrapped up after only a short gain in the first quarter. (photo by Kyle Twardowski)

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