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GVFL CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: SILVER RAIDERS

The defending champion Silver Raiders are approaching the GVFL championship game just like they have for the previous three seasons with poise and a roster full of Guam football experience.

By Robert Balajadia

The defending champion Silver Raiders are approaching the GVFL championship game just like they have for the previous three seasons with poise and a roster full of Guam football experience. The bright lights of Hal’s Angels Field will feel a lot like home for the championship veterans.

(the full game will be going LIVE on GSPN @ 7 pm, April 22)

The Raiders have put the 7-6 win in the regular season over the Eagles way behind them with a wealth of new components set to take the field Saturday from both sides.

‘Chairman of the Board’ Ryan Rios – Raiders linebacker

Raiders Keys to Victory

  • Dominate possession of the ball
  • Take advantage of opponent mistakes
  • Put pressure on the quarterback

“We have to live up to our responsibilities,” said football legend ‘The Chairman of the Board’ Ryan Rios. “It comes down to how we match up against their key players so we need to keep things tightened up and secure on the defense.”

The Raiders secondary, led by safety Ryan ‘Biggs’ Bigler and cornerback Sandy Fejeran, are expected to put in a full work load against the speedy Eagles receiving corps and their pass-heavy offense.

Playing with a chip for the ‘chip

Danny Manibusan – Raiders quarterback

The league offensive MVP in Raiders quarterback Danny Manibusan isn’t getting tired of winning football titles anytime soon and being selected as the league MVP only inspires him to play better.

“I have a chip on my shoulder to play with in being the MVP, but we’re going to have to win this as a unit. This isn’t an individual sport, the 11 guys on our offense will determine how we come out as a unit,” said Danny on the outlook.

The Raiders have a good balance of youth and experience, and for the ‘Chairman of the Board’, the youth is most definitely helping the longevity of the experienced.

“The young guys are the ones taking the blunt of the offense which allows me to be the logistics guy to tell them where they should go and what they should do,” laughed the veteran Rios.

And when it comes to dealing with the Eagles aerial attack, the Raiders are going to have buckled down on coverage.

“It’ll definitely be a challenge for us because they’ve got a lot of military guys on that team. Those Air Force guys are really good on that team,” said Rios.

Going LIVE

The game’s entirety will be broadcasted live on GSPN. Even the veterans who have been there before still get butterflies playing in the championship game when all eyes are on them.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a coach or a player, you’re always going to have that anxiety. You really just don’t want to mess up so you want to make sure the game goes your way and play flawless, but that doesn’t always happen,” said Rios.

Manibusan has been playing for the Guam Raiders since his youth days and he also supports the NFL Raiders as his favorite football team. He represents silver and black wherever he goes which makes playing for the GVFL Raiders just that much more special.

“Winning a title after putting in so much work in the season is a big payoff so it never gets old. We’re not going to be flat, we’re going to come out strong in our last game of the season. We’re going to have to bring it for all four quarters,” added Manibusan.

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National Guard Athletes

National Weightlifter Jacinta Sumagaysay

Sergeant Jacinta Sumagasay has had all kinds of weight on her shoulders and the Guam Army National Guard has been there through every step. The Guard has given Sumagaysay plenty of opportunities in life while also allowing her to do what she does best – lifting her way to Guam’s best in her weight class of 59kg.

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3rd Quarter Sports

  • ISA/IIAAG Boys & Girls Basketball
  • ISA Boys Soccer
  • ISA Boys/Girls Tennis
  • ISA Wrestling
  • ISA Paddling
  • ISA Girls Softball

QUICK HITS

5-year-old Guam Sports Network boss Ezra Lujan presents Mangilao Mayor Allan Ungacta with a Free Library made by Team GSPN.
It includes kids books, supplies and backpacks in hopes of promoting children’s reading in Mangilao.

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In GRC’s first race of the year, Derek Mandell and Sharon Hawley were the first male and female finishers of the Cross Island 10-mile run Saturday morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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