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Friars hang tough against Sharks

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by Jerome Unpingco

IFL action continued last night at the GW Field, with the Father Duenas Friars hosting the Simon Sanchez Sharks. Both teams were coming off losses in their previous game, and were looking at solidifying sole possession of 3rd place.  Will Williams initialized the Friars attack on their 1st drive, running for a total of 25 yards off several QB sneaks, punching the Friars into Sharks territory.

Keoni Pablo handled the rest of for the Friars, as he ran for 10 yards, before jamming his way in for a 1 yard touchdown, giving the FD the 6-0 lead. Amadeus Romero added the extra touch, boosting the Friars to the 7-0 advantage. The Sharks tried answering back on their next drive, but tough defense by the Friars proved worthy, as they held Sanchez scoreless, setting up their offense for another attack at the end zone.

Will Williams made sure he came through for his team, as he ran for a 20 yard touchdown run off shotgun formation, extending FD's lead by 2 touchdowns. The Friars did not let up, as they muscled the Sharks back into their 1 yard line, setting up an opportunity for a safety, but the FD had other plans in mind, as Amadeus Romero picked off a pass, returning the interception for a touchdown and giving the Friars the 21-0 lead.

The Sharks however responded back with a minute left into the half, as Jeric Abisia ran for a 1-yard touchdown, after a fumble by the Friars in their territory, but with 17 seconds left just before halftime, Williams widen the gap, as he connected with Anthony Aguon for a 50-yard touchdown reception, boosting Father Duenas to a 27-6 halftime lead.

In the 3rd quarter, Williams once again used his speed to his advantage, as he ran in for his 2nd touchdown of the game, after finding an opening in the Sharks defense, expanding his team's lead by 4 touchdowns. The Sharks did not give up despite the deficit as they punched in one more touchdown, but eventually conceded to the 33-12 loss.

With the win, the Friars take sole possession of the 3rd place spot.

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