Guam can't overcome weather, George Washington
MANGILAO, Guam – Turnovers, injuries, rain and wind combined to do in Guam High football against the defending island champions.
Brendan Santos did it in the air and on the ground in slick, muddy conditions at Geckos Field, rushing for a touchdown and somehow completing enough passes for 72 yards as George Washington shut out the Panthers 18-0 on Friday.
Guam was struck by a plague of fumble-itis, putting the ball on the ground seven times and losing three of them, while the others put the Panthers in poor field position. They also lost the previous week’s hero, Dejuane Williams, to an injury along with offensive tackle Bobby Withers.
“It’s raining sideways and we’re a passing team, the fumbles put us at a disadvantage,” Guam coach Jacob Dowdell said. “We were forced to run, which we’re not used to.”
It was the fourth straight defeat for the Panthers, who opened the season by beating fledgling Tiyan and claiming a forfeit victory over Simon Sanchez. They’ve been outscored over that span 88-20.
Despite the defeat, the Panthers can finish no worse than sixth in the eight-team Interscholastic Football League, which means they won’t face either the Geckos or Father Duenas Memorial in the league quarterfinals on Oct. 10. Guam can finish fifth by beating Southern on homecoming next Saturday.
The Friars visit the Geckos on Friday in a battle of unbeatens with the regular-season championship and the playoff top seed on the line; kickoff is at 7 p.m.