Connect with us

Football

DOLPHINS POWER THROUGH ISLANDERS IN RETURN TO FOOTBALL

Football is back! Southern made a strong statement in the first football game of the 2021 season!

By Robert Balajadia

There hasn’t been an organized football game played on Guam since 2019 which made opening night for the 2021 season one of the most anticipated returns to play in the past two years.

Opening night belonged to the visiting Southern Dolphins who defeated the JFK Islanders 20-6 Friday evening. The Dolphins posted three running touchdowns from three different rushers and held a 20-0 halftime lead over JFK to add to a dominant night on both sides of the ball.

Dolphins Isaiah Topasna, Zavier Camacho and Josiah Quintanilla were the runners who found the end zone with Topasna and Camacho also adding big plays on the defensive end. Topasna had a fumble recovery and sack while Camacho picked off JFK Islander quarterback Trey Blas for the games only interception.

Wendy’s Players of the Game: SHS Dolphins Isaiah Topasna (25) and Zavier Camacho (4). (Photo by Robert Balajadia)

(check GSPN in Instagram for the highlights from the two!)

Topasna’s score proved to be the first touchdown of the season on a 35-yard run. Topasna took a handoff up the gut and rolled off an Islander defender before bouncing outside to trot into the end zone for the seasons first score.

“My linemen were blocking so good. I was able to bounce to the outside because of them. My line man, those guys are it,” said Topasna.

Southern would go for a 2-point conversion after each touchdown, but were unsuccessful each try.

A three-and-out by the JFK offense allowed the Dolphins to get another big play after a short punt return, this time from Quintanilla on a fake reverse hand off for 30+ yards to get to the 1st-and-goal right before the end of the opening period. Camacho would take a toss to the left side that he turned into the games second touchdown to quickly go up 12-0.

JFK’s ensuing drive would end in disaster after a bad snap, which would plague them all night, turned into a fumble recovery for the Dolphins in the red zone, courtesy of junior linebacker Jaren Leon Guerrero. Quintanilla would eventually punch in the games third touchdown on a goal line run to go up 18-0.

The Islanders next drive would end in a safety after another botched snap as they faced a 20-0 hole that carried into the half.

The Islander offense started to come alive late in the 4th quarter with quarterback Blas scoring on a 25-yard touchdown run after scrambling to get within 20-6. The Dolphins played disciplined defense with Topasna getting a key sack on 3rd-and-long which forced the Islanders to punt on their final offensive possession.

“We just wanted to finish strong and work as a team to get the win,” said Camacho on the teams motivation to prevent the comeback.

JFK Islander Trey Blas gets swarmed by the Dolphin defense. (Photo by Michael Blas)

The Dolphins have already equaled the amount of wins they had in 2019 as they carry the mindset, while radiating the energy of being a different team. After Friday nights opening performance, the league is surely taking notice.

“We’ve got more heart. It’s just a Southern feeling,” said Topasna on what he feels is different this year.

Southern will be taking on the Guam High Panthers next Friday while the Islanders will make a short trip to Dededo to face the Okkodo Bulldogs.

The FD Friars would get a forfeit win over the Sanchez Sharks.

Saturday Football

GW @ Guam High – 7 pm
Tiyan @ Okkodo – 7 pm

PHOTO GALLERY BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

March

April 2024

May
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
Events for March

1st

Events for April

2nd

Events for April

3rd

Events for April

4th

Events for April

5th

Events for April

6th

7
8
9
10
11
12
13
Events for April

6th

No Events
Events for April

8th

Events for April

9th

Events for April

10th

Events for April

11th

Events for April

12th

Events for April

13th

14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Events for April

14th

Events for April

15th

Events for April

16th

Events for April

17th

Events for April

18th

Events for April

19th

Events for April

20th

21
22
23
24
25
26
27
Events for April

20th

No Events
Events for April

22nd

Events for April

23rd

Events for April

24th

Events for April

25th

Events for April

26th

Events for April

27th

28
29
30
1
2
3
4
Events for April

27th

No Events
Events for April

29th

Events for April

30th

COMING SOON …

4th Quarter Sports

QUICK HITS

The PVA Fairies went unbeaten and took the U14 4×4 Beach Volleyball Tournament. The Fairies beat the SIFA Manta Rays 21-10 in the championship match.
L-R: Summer Pinaula, Alina Torres, Ava Quinata, Bella Pangelinan, Lexi Delfin
—————————————–
Mia-Lahnee & Rckaela Aquino qualify to represent Team Guam in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. This is Team Guam’s first siblings to qualify on merit and Rckaela’s second Olympic Games, according to the Guam National Olympic Committee.

More in Football