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2018 SPRING FOOTBALL REPORT

Guam and Saipan had it’s largest group ever of prep players choosing to play college football. Eleven former players will be playing stateside in junior college, Division III, Division II, Division I.

By Michael Cruz

Class of 2018

Guam and Saipan had it’s largest group ever of prep players choosing to play college football. Eleven former players will be playing stateside in junior college, Division III, Division II, Division I.

Kai Akimoto: RB – Macalester College (Division 3) – FD

Evan Bejerana: DB – North Park University (Division 3) – JFK

Andrew Blas: WR – North Park University (Division 3) – Tiyan

De’Aundre Cruz: RB – San Jose State (Division 1 FBS)-FD

Colin Gourley: DT – Texas A&M Commerce (Division II)- JFK-Attended 2014 to 2015.

Jonah Hahn: TE – Linfield College (Division III) -JFK- Originally from Saipan.

Xavier Naputi: WR – North Park University (Division III)-FD

Tyler Pangelinan: WR – North Park University (Division III)-Tiyan

Christopher Parker: OT/DT – North Park University (Division III)-JFK

William Sanders: WR – Moorpark College (CCCAA)-Guam High

Angel Terry: DT – Western Oregon (Division II)- Kagman High-Attended 2014 to 2016.

Collegiate Players

Ricky Brown: JFK – LB – St. Olaf College (Division 3)- Had three tackles in one game as a freshman.

http://athletics.stolaf.edu/roster.aspx?rp_id=6852

Matthew Eaton: WR – Iowa State (Division I) – Former Guam High Panther appears to be starter at X position for 2018. He could be the first former Guam prep player since Sanchez’s Andy Haase (NY Giants 1998) to play in the NFL.

http://cyclones.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=9761

Andrew Fichter: WR – FD-Ave Maria (NAIA).

https://www.avemariagyrenes.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3238

Juan King Jr: GH -WR-Culver Stockton College (NAIA)-Had 25 catches for 228 yards and two touchdowns.

http://www.cscwildcats.com/roster/22/5/6633.php

Jujuan King: GH -QB-North Park University (Division 3)- Started the guam pipeline, King has put in reps for the junior varsity and is hoping to get more reps as a junior in 2018.

https://athletics.northpark.edu/roster.aspx?rp_id=2611

Leon Shimizu: FD -DB-Allegheny College (Division 3)- Had three tackles on defense as a freshman.

http://alleghenygators.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=6082

Royce Thomas: GH -DB-Shorter University (Division 2)- Played in one game versus Florida Tech.

http://goshorterhawks.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3610

Spring League Update

FD: The Friars graduated a large group of senior players. However, they return about 39 players. Returning starters include C Nathan Pinaula, WR Brian Anderson, PR Noah Diaz, LB Eugene Arriola, C Joaquin Rivera,  G Nicholas Akimoto, DE Kobe Onedera, LB Rylan Napoleon, and RB Kein Artero. Nicholas Anderson is the probable starter at QB.

GW: The Geckos return all-island selections WR/S/KR Aaron Jamanila, TE Kyler Miranda, OG/DT Jose San Miguel, OT Ethaniel Cali, LB Jerome Quichocho,  LB Jon Espino, CB/P Keonu Salas, S Rico Mangilag, DE William Rios, DE Devin Benavente, U Christian CJ Cabrera. QB Ricky Macias returns to lead the Geckos.

JFK: The Islanders return from  a 3rd place finish and are looking to make the championship. League Defensive MVP Chase Spotanski returns. All-Island RB Justin Camacho returns. QB Allen Blend II returns.

Tiyan: The titans look to improve on last year’s first winning season for the program. All island returnees include G Zavier Cruz and U Wilber Cruz.

Simon Sanchez: The Sharks return all island selections RB Kamerin Toves, FB Kameo Toves, C Joshua Relativo, OT/DT Hansen Ignacio, U Joshua Sablan.

Guam High: The Panthers have been holding off season conditioning for all schools. They return all island selections Resean Jacobs and Jeylyn Dowdell. Trayvon Jacobs should get the start at QB.

Okkodo: The Bulldogs look to rebuild from a season that ended with a playoff forfeit to Tiyan.

Southern: The Dolphins return All-Island selection guard Gavin Leon Guerrero.

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