Connect with us

Football

SHARKS COAST OVER ISLANDERS IN HOMECOMING

The Sharks celebrated their homecoming on the sidelines and in the end zone with a big win over the JFK Islanders.

By Brandon Kinsella

On Homecoming night, The Sharks prove dominance against the JFK Islanders behind strong play from iron man players Jayton Penaflor and Aiden Lumba.

In front of a very lively home crowd, the Sharks almost pulled off a shutout, but the Islanders found some offensive rhythm towards the end of the ballgame to prevent the shutout from happening, and the final score would be 39-7. 

After winning the coin toss, the Sharks elected to receive and got their offense in rhythm quite early. At the fifty yard-line on 4th and one, the Sharks decided to go for it and Running back Lumba powered through for a four-yard gain, giving his team a new set of downs. 

Then, a play action pass by Penaflor would catch the defense off-guard, and he would find the open man in receiver John Salas Jr., who ran 42 yards for the first score of the game. 

Kicker Marvin Ednaco converted on the PAT to give the Sharks a 7-0 lead. 

The beginning parts of the first Islanders drive might’ve been one of their best of the ballgame, as they found success moving the chains and almost pulled off a score with a chance to tie the ballgame. Sophomore Runningback Jacobe Quinata had three big runs at ten yards apiece, which was helpful in spurring his team to the goal line. 

But at the goal-line, two costly penalties pushed JFK back ten yards, and Quarterback Allen Blend attempted to air it out on third down. Safety Penaflor made the right read and picked off the pass in the end zone for a touchback.  

Following the interception, the Sharks became more run-centric, as the backfield of Lumba and Jeremiah Sablan used their blocks effectively and moved the chains while running down some clock. A 20-yard run by Lumba put the Sharks at the 26-yard line. 

Wendy’s Players of the Game: Jayton Penaflor and Adin Lumba are bombarded by their Sharks teammates

Then, a 6-yard run by Sablan put them at the twenty, followed by a 17-yard QB Keeper by Penaflor which put them at the three-yard line. Runningback Erjan Sanchez capped off the drive with a three-yard touchdown. The PAT was no good, but the Sharks still led at 13-0. 

The following Islanders drive would be disastrous. A trick play in the backfield would result in a fumble, and Defensive Lineman Rayvin Cruz recovered the football at the 22-yard line.

On the ensuing Sharks possession, they found ease running it up JFK’s throat, and the result would eventually lead to a one-yard touchdown by Sablan. 

Wanting to make up for lost points on the previous PAT, the Sharks opted to go for two, and Penaflor kept the ball, rolling out to his left to rush and beat the defense and increase the lead to 21-0 as the first half ended. 

2nd Half 

At the start of the second half, JFK continued to struggle despite a long half-time intermission, as Sanchez celebrated their homecoming festivities. The opening drive resulted in another interception, this time by cornerback Lumba. 

The interception put the Sharks at the thirty-yard line, and Lumba would eventually get his chance to put some points on the scoreboard, capping off the drive with a score of his own. Sanchez would go for two again, but this time Penaflor would stay in the pocket and found receiver Dylan Cabe in the end zone. The Sharks led 29-0.

A few possessions later, Penaflor connected with Salas again for a 20-yard touchdown to give the Sharks their largest lead of the game. They would go for two again, and Penaflor pulled off a no-look pass to Cabe for a 39-0 lead. 

JFK’s lone score came in the final minutes of the 4th Quarter in exciting fashion. Blend found receiver Juan Sarmiento on a curl route, and Sarmiento decided to cut to the other side of the field using his breakaway speed. He outran the Sharks defense with just one man to beat in the Sharks’ safety.  

Then, Quarterback Blend came out of nowhere and laid out the safety and Sarmiento was able to run in for the score. JFK converted on the PAT, but the game was out of reach, and the Sharks cruised to a 39-7 victory.    

Penaflor was very excited with the win and gave some thoughts on what the victory means to the team,  

“This win might really wake up our team. We’re finally back on our feet with a win, and I’m hoping that it’ll lock us in. We need to stay focused; we got a big game next week against GW on their homecoming,” 

He also took some time to give the fans a big thank you for showcasing school spirit on homecoming night, 

“Shoutout to everyone from Sanchez for making homecoming lit. Hope you guys can do the same again next year.” 

Ad

Foody’s Fun Facts

Foody’s Fun Facts with Arren Yatar

UOG Tritons Pitcher Arren Yatar shares some of his fun facts and tells us about his favorite YouTube channel!

 

GPS Sports Calendar

May

June 2022

July
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
Events for May

31st

No Events
Events for June

2nd

Events for June

2nd

No Events
Events for June

4th

5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Events for June

5th

Events for June

5th

No Events
Events for June

7th

Events for June

8th

Events for June

9th

Events for June

10th

Events for June

11th

12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Events for June

12th

Events for June

13th

Events for June

14th

Events for June

14th

No Events
Events for June

16th

Events for June

17th

Events for June

18th

19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Events for June

19th

Events for June

20th

Events for June

21st

Events for June

22nd

Events for June

23rd

Events for June

24th

Events for June

25th

26
27
28
29
30
1
2
Events for June

26th

Events for June

27th

Events for June

28th

Events for June

29th

Events for June

30th

Foody’s Fun Facts

Foody’s Fun Facts with Arren Yatar

UOG Tritons Pitcher Arren Yatar shares some of his fun facts and tells us about his favorite YouTube channel!

 

Foody’s Fun Facts

Foody’s Fun Facts with Arren Yatar

UOG Tritons Pitcher Arren Yatar shares some of his fun facts and tells us about his favorite YouTube channel!

 

COMING SOON …

  • Asia Pacific Little League
  • National Triathlon Championships
  • GML Makeup Games
  • FD Alumni Basketball Tournament (ongoing)

 

 

QUICK HITS

Guam and Palau were out supporting Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bligh Madris at the Nationals Park in DC against the Washington Nationals.
———————————————–
UOG hired Tatiana Sablan as the new volleyball coach. Sablan served as the original volleyball coach for UOG back in 2016 and she has been rehired to lead the more “beach” oriented program in 2022-23.

More in Football