Backups step up to help Guam High to 3-0
DEDEDO, Guam – Customary big-game performances from front-line stars Tegan Brown, Lorden Aguon and Juwon Jacobs are expected at Guam High.
What coach Jacob Dowdell said he was most pleased about after the Panthers’ 24-16 win over Okkodo was the play of his reserves after a handful of starters went down with injuries late in Friday’s game.
“My hat’s off to our second- and third-string guys. They stepped up and made big plays,” Dowdell said after the Panthers improved to 3-0 with a bye week upcoming. “Now some of those guys can heal up. This was a slugfest, a lot closer than the score made it appear.”
Aguon, the senior quarterback, “did his normal thing,” Dowdell said of his performance, 14-for-30 for 288 yards and two touchdowns and three carries for 32 yards and a score. Brown had 16 tackles.
Jacobs “showed up big for us today,” Dowdell said, catching five passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Guam took a 16-0 lead into the fourth quarter, then hung on as the winless Bulldogs clawed back to within eight points.
“Everybody always plays us hard,” Dowdell said. “We expect that. Nothing’s ever guaranteed. One game at a time.”
Guam next laces up on Sept. 21 against Father Duenas Memorial at George Washington High School in Mangilao. Kickoff is 7 p.m.