Connect with us

Football

FRIARS HUNGRY FOR THIRD STRAIGHT TITLE

The two-time IIAAG Football Champion FD Friars will have their work cut out for them during the 2017 season. With a few new players filling in different roles, the maroon and gold are out to prove they’re still the team to beat.

By Jay Leon Guerrero

Last season, the FD Friars came into the IIAAG Football season looking to defend their title. This year, they are looking to defend their legacy.

Friars Quarterback Daniel Phillips

To achieve their goal of winning another title, the Friars will face tough opposition and must dig deep to make it back to the championship game, a game they defeated the GW Geckos 27-6 a season ago.

Last year, the Friars were deep with offensive MVP De’Aundre Cruz and defensive MVP Kin Mesa leading the way to the title for head coach Bruce Meno. This year, the Friars still have the numbers with 60 players on the roster after cuts.

They will miss running back Cruz who rushed for over a thousand yards and also rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns in the championship game.

On defense, Mesa had several tackles and a fumble recovery as the Friars hoisted the infamous Guam shaped championship trophy once again. Both will not be playing for the Friars this year with Cruz moving to play football in Texas for his senior year and Mesa graduating.

Offense

The young Friars will look to fill the offensive shoes of Christopher Cawili, Leon Shimizu, Gabe Noket, Blu Shiroma, Marco Jacob, John Thomas Fegurgur and Andrew Fichter who all graduated.

Although the workhorses named above are gone, Senior Quarterback Daniel Phillips said his team will work together to continue the Friar winning ways.

Friar running back Kai Akimoto.

“Each individual is going to come out and improve every week in practice and just give it their all,” said Phillips.

Phillips did not play the semi-finals and the championship game due to health issues but is back and eager to take the field.

Phillips credits the coaching staff led by Meno and defensive coach Keone Badua. “If you don’t have the right guidance, you can’t take talent anywhere. The coaching staff is doing a good job helping us develop to get where we need to be,” said Phillips.

Joining Phillips in the backfield will be running backs Kai Akimoto, Kein Artero, and new recruit Xavier Naputi (from GW). Kyle McIntosh and Jobe Guzman also look to have strong seasons with experience and size on the O-line.

“Having to fill the shoes (of all the good players from last year) is a challenge but it’s motivated all of us as a group to work harder,” said Akimoto.

Defense

Despite losing so many offensive weapons, the defense will look to fill even bigger shoes with last seasons MVP Mesa and the hard hitting Tonu San Nicolas and Pierre Aflague gone via graduation. The Friar defense was superb last season, allowing a total of 19 points during the entire regular season and playoffs.

Friar defensive tackle Jalen Delgado

Now the question is, can this defense live up to the standards of their predecessors from last year?

Some of the key defensive players this season include Kyler Valencia, Austin Peredo, Jalen Delgado, and Isaiah Reyes.

“Of course there is going to be alot of pressure on the defense this year but we deal with the pressure by preparing ourselves in practice by working hard and listening to our coaches,” said Delgado.

Delgado, a senior defensive tackle, will try and help the “maroon wall” to be the best defense once again in the league.

The season was pushed back a week by a 9-3 vote (unofficial) due to lack of field preparation and some teams haven’t started school yet. The Friars are scheduled to make their season debut against a hungry JFK Islander team on August 26th at the UOG field at 10am.

PHOTO GALLERY BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

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

Sanchez QB Jayton Penaflor

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

– Jon Tuck’s Bellator debut CANCELLED

QUICK HITS

Dana Holmes is the new UOG men’s head basketball coach. In the last two years, he was a coach at FBLG Middle School and most recently a PE teacher at GW.

—————————————————-

Pro triathlete Mieko Carey finished third in XTERRA Japan on Sunday in a time of 3:43:02. Her career was on hiatus for a couple of years raising her twin children. It’s safe to say the 40-year-old is back in top form. Congratulations Mieko san!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More in Football