by Dave Delgado
Guam - The George Washington Geckos played host to the Father Duenas Friars in this year's boy's high school rugby championship game. G.W looked poised to punch in the games first try off the kick off but F.D'S defense held shutting the door on G.W.
The Geckos would score the games first try minutes later when Storm Rosario broke down the sidelines and took it in for the score, teammate Carlos Fegurgur kicked through the conversion to give the home team the 7-0 lead. F.D would tack on 3-points heading into halftime when Elias Jesus capitalized on a penalty kick just before the half. Both teams fought tough on every possession from start to end in the 2nd half when F.D'S Bruce Meno pick up the ball in traffic and find his way into the try zone for 5-points, giving the Friars a 8-7 lead. Elias Jesus was money on the kick after putting the Friars up 10-7. With time ticking away the Gecko's had one last possession deep in F.D'S territory advancing the ball just feet away from the end zone but a penalty was called on the Gecko's as time expired awarding F.D their 4th consecutive boy's high school rugby title.
Paul Claros, FD's coach, said, "I thought my boys did a great job keeping focused, we still had great turnouts at practice and I just want to thank the boys for their patience even the parents. We had guys that wanted to leave and play other sports but they stuck with it and I'm proud of that. We had about 6 four year seniors that were all starters so I'm very proud of them, they really improved. They started from my JV program and now playing seniors, that just shows that senior leadership does pay off. They teach the boys that are new to the game and I'm happy that they pass on their knowledge.