Five things learned from Guam High football camp


Five things learned from Guam High football camp

by: Dave Ornauer | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 22, 2014

Third in a series of reports on high school football practices around the Pacific.

Five things learned from the buzz emanating from Guam High football camp:

-- They won the last two Interscholastic Football League regular-season titles, coming within a semifinal loss each season of the overall league title. But the key components of those teams are long gone, leaving coach Jacob Dowdell and Guam High starting “from the ground up,” he said. The Panthers last had a losing record in 2011, at 3-4.

-- Gone with them was the luxury of having the quarterback serve as the coach on the field. Lordan Aguon and Dowdell shared what the latter called a telepathy, an ability to know what plays to call at the right moments. Senior DeAndre Richardson transfers in from South Carolina and will be under center, but Dowdell will resume calling signals.

-- Dowdell is a spread-option coach by nature, but because so many components will be new, the Panthers will initially operate a double tight-end, single wide-receiver set and pound the ball as Yokota does in Japan regularly. “Hopefully, we can evolve into what I’m familiar with,” Dowdell said.

-- Another Aguon could develop into the team’s quarterback of the future: T.J. Aguon, Lordan’s younger brother, is slotted at cornerback and special teams but will back up Richardson initially.

-- The fact that Guam High remains on the outside looking in regarding the Far East Division I title remains a “burr in my side,” Dowdell said. “Especially for the kids. They see Yokota and Kubasaki flying around, while we can’t even get one trip.” Guam High remains committed to its IFL schedule, which involves a three-week playoff window in October. DODDS officials say they can’t accommodate Guam High playing in the D-I title game given its IFL playoff commitment and the Panthers not playing a full D-I season schedule. The IFL season is due to open Aug. 22 and the playoffs conclude Oct. 25.

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