18 Jan 2017
- By Vicente “Ben” Salas II - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
DESPITE losing their Marianas Friendship Bowl 2017 match against the Guam High School All-Stars, the CNMI Knights came away with some valuable lessons in fortitude and attrition.
Since the Friendship Bowl’s inception in 2013, Guam has consistently managed to use the combined might of their experience and offensive superiority to render the CNMI scoreless.
That all changed last Saturday when CNMI quarterback Anthony Quitugua scored a touchdown in a 21-yard run during the second quarter.
Although it would be the lone touchdown of the game for Quitugua and his team, it set the precedent and history was made.
Now future generations of CNMI football players not only have something to match but hopefully surpass one day.
The Guam All-Stars, for their part, had a characteristically stellar showing on the field throughout the game. Gabriel Stanley got things started in the 1st quarter for Guam with a five-yard touchdown. Shortly thereafter, standout Isaiah Macias scored the next touchdown off a three-yard run.
Tyler Pangelinan cinched a 60-yard reception from Noah Chamberlain in the third quarter, Stanley once again scored with a 40-yard run, and finally Alfredo Blas scored off a 30-yard fourth quarter interception in that order of succession. Guam also succeeded on each of their conversion attempts to punctuate the 36-6 victory.
The CNMI’s overall brightest moments came for them defensively. The home team was able cause momentary halts to Guam’s momentum by aggressively forcing downs in the first and fourth quarters particularly.