The ground game was in full effect for the Windward Hills Memorial Hal’s Angels as they cruised to a 27-6 victory over the Faha Outlaws in the Triple J Guam National Youth Football Federation’s Manha Division matchup Saturday morning at Hal Shiroma Football Field in Dededo.
Justin Mesenty scored two touchdowns to pace the win. Noah Cruz and Kaden Medler each found the end zone for the Angels, who improve to 4-1 on the season in the 7-9-year-old age division.
With dominant blocking up front the Angels had their way in the run game. Cruz went 12 yards around the left side to start the scoring on the Angels opening drive.
Angels quarterback Apollo Moylan hit Cruz with a slant route into the right side of the end zone for the extra point and a 7-0 lead out of the gate.
“It felt good,” said Moylan on the perfect pass to Cruz. “I like being able to pass.”
With the Angels defense keeping the Outlaws in check, the Angels offense went back to work in the ground game. A 12-yard run by Nico Evaristo and 15-yard run by Mesenty set up Kaden Medler, who punched it in from 10 yards out for the Angels’ second score.
Angels' Co’en Villanueva sprung the run with a vicious block on the line, giving Medler plenty of daylight into the end zone.
Moylan kept it himself on the quarterback draw to convert the extra point, increasing the lead to 14-0.
The Angels stretched the lead to 20-0 on Mesenty’s first touchdown of the game – an 8-yard run set up by another gorgeous block, this time by Reshayana Tomagan.
While the Outlaws had no answer for the Angels ground-and-pound game, they had just as tough a time breaking through the stout from line of the Angels defense.
Angels linebacker Dominic Tolliver feasted on the Outlaws with two sacks and countless tackles for losses.
“I use my speed and keep my head up,” replied Tolliver on his ability to get in the Outlaws backfield throughout the contest.
The Angels continued to move the chains on offense as well with Evaristo carving out a 26-yard run and Medler dragging defenders for a 12-yard gain to set up Mesenty’s second touchdown of the game.
Mesenty outran the Outlaws defense around the right corner for the 12-yard touchdown and Evaristo bulldozed up the middle for the extra point.
The Outlaws finally got on the board on their final drive of the game, an impressive drive finished off by a 4-yard run by Joe Fausto for the touchdown and the 27-6 final.
Medler said the Angels’ ability to run the ball so well was because “we worked together and work as a team.”
“We had good teamwork today,” echoed Mesenty.