JFK hands short-handed Guam second straight loss
AGANA HEIGHTS, Guam – Guam High football could have very easily hidden behind the excuse that their season could be summed up in one word, injuries, specifically to the King brothers, Jujuan and Juan, who each suffered leg injuries earlier this season.
But coach Jacob Dowdell prefers to look at the little takeaways the Panthers can get from each of their games. Their most recent was a 14-0 loss Friday to John F. Kennedy, a defeat that could have been a lot worse were it not for strong defensive play when the Islanders breached the Panthers’ red zone.
“Our backs were against the wall” due to the injuries, Dowdell said. “We lost our quarterback, the kids came out flat, youthful players, we put ourselves in a hole, but I’m proud of the way we played.”
JFK (3-1) scored twice, but three other times, the Islanders were turned away by goal-line stands by the Panthers (2-2), who lost for the second straight week. One of the Islanders’ touchdowns came after they blocked a Guam punt, setting them up at the 6-yard line.
Dowdell said he was pleased with the play of Trip Chauret, a senior who “made big plays on both sides of the ball. He played to his potential.”
Chauret was one of two quarterbacks Dowdell used in what he called a “quarterback carousel,” which included T.J. Aguon. That was part of what Dowdell says is the team’s “next-man philosophy,” going with whatever players are available until the Kings return, which he said might be soon.
In the meantime, “the road to our success is through patience and growth with our younger players,” Dowdell said.
Guam next visits Okkodo on Friday at 7 p.m.