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ANGELS ROMP TO 27-0 METGOT TITLE OVER COWBOYS

Eagles win Manha thriller 13-7 over Angels

By Paradis Jolie Fejerang

The Metgot GNYFF championship football game found the top-ranked Hal’s Angels face-to-face with the #2 Cowboys on a gloomy Guam High football field Saturday afternoon. 

The Angels scored quickly on their first two possessions and never looked back in defending their title from a year ago.

Looking as though it might be clearing up, Senator Chris Barnett was honored with the coin toss to begin the game, allowing the Angels to start the first quarter receiving the ball.

Despite the starting kick going out of bounds, the Cowboys seemed fast to respond to the Angels plays, but as there was a sudden downpour of rain onto the field, the Angels were able to breakaway from the Cowboy defense and score the first touchdown of the game. 

Riding off that first-to-score energy, the Angels were immediate with their display of offensive power as Justice Alcantara was quick into the end zone once again. The Angels struck their opponents by going for the extra point with a play that had the Cowboys leaving Angel Noah Cruz free in the end zone to bring the score to 13-0.

The Cowboys weren’t looking to quit yet. On the ensuing Angels kickoff, Jared Yamasaki Jr. showed his team’s strong offensive backbone with a solid return. 

Unluckily for the Cowboys, as soon as the Angels were able to get back on offense, Alcantara delivered once more. With an impressive run over 50 yards from a screen pass play, Alcantara made it all the way down the right side of the field as Cowboys were diving at his feet. The action-packed first quarter ended with the Angels up 20-0.

Into the second quarter, the Cowboys were on the move and looking for their chance to score. As much hunger as they had, the Cowboys spent some time receiving various flags to eventually suffer from the Angels offense during a successful misdirection where they were able to make a huge gain. This had a clear impact on the Cowboys standout player, Ray Tommy Kanemoto, who displayed intense desire to defend his team as he snatched the Angels’ ball right back with a clean interception, allotting his team another chance at offense before the halftime whistle blew.

Back on the field for the second half of the game, the Angels’ star player, Alcantara accomplished another exciting run down the right side for about 40 yards with the help of his team, where they were able to bring the score up to 27-0.

As the Angels defense took their turn on the field, Cowboys player Richard Quitugua responded with a thrilling run of his own, leading his team into the red zone. 

Alcantara snapped right back at the Cowboys’ gain by intercepting the ball, diminishing the Cowboys hopes for a comeback.

Both teams seemed to start feeling the excitement and nerves of nearing the end of the game as they were taking turns fumbling and recovering the ball. Things didn’t start to pick back up until around the seven minute mark when the Angels handed the ball off to Kaden Lee Medler to take it down the right side of the field. 

Medler was consistent in playing both sides of the field, along with Alcantara, as the duo and their team were able to get the Angels right in front of the endzone. With three touchdowns already, Alcantara was working for another and his team nearly had it before the final whistle was blown and the game ended 27-0 for the Angels against a tough Cowboys squad.

Alcantara shared how he believed the team worked really hard to get where they needed to be for the championship game.

“We kept the Cowboys from scoring…we stopped the linebackers and the d-line,” Alcantara shared what he’s most pleased with from the game.

“I want to say, ‘Good luck next year because I’m coming hard in Matua,’” Alcantara finished off with a note to his younger teammates who he won’t be able to play with next season

Angels Coach Blu Shiroma was more than satisfied with his undefeated Metgot champions.

“There were a couple plays that we didn’t execute and we always strive for excellence but I’m proud overall,” commented Shiroma, clearly content with his team’s ability to cruise to another championship trophy.

EAGLES WIN MANHA THRILLER

The top-seeded Eagles had the size advantage over the second-ranked Angels.

Both teams had some stiff defense that held led to quick possessions and a scoreless first quarter. Eagles’ nifty runner Jeremiah Diaz II had the first big play in the second quarter, capped by an 8-yard sweep to make it 6-0.

The Angels took the next possession and marched down for a short score and conversion for a 7-6 lead heading into halftime.

The tight matchup went back and forth as it seemed as if the Angels were going to hang in for the win, but Diaz and the Eagles kept grinding.

With an energized crowd behind the young Eagles, it was Diaz once again with the game-winning touchdown with just 53 seconds left on the clock.

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