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NEWS | Sept. 9, 2011

Dental pulls second straight blowout win

By Jose T. Garza III 502nd Air Base Wing OL-A Public Affairs

Quarterback Ricky Guajardo threw four touchdown passes to lead the 59th Dental Squadron to a 24-0 victory over the 543rd Support Squadron Tuesday in a Division I flag football matchup.

While Guajardo was pacing the offense, a swarming 59th DTS defense stifled the 543rd offense with four interceptions, including two by John Grey. Grey also had a first-quarter touchdown reception as 59th DTS improved to 2-0 on the season while dropping 543rd STS to 1-1.

"It's all about being focused," said Grey, nicknamed "Country" by his teammates for his Georgia drawl. "It feels real good to contribute and not be complacent, and to know when to turn on the switch from offense to defense."

Grey said his team was more focused in its approach to the game knowing that the 543rd STS had been dominate in last week's season opener.

"We were not going to be intimidated or let our guard down," he said.

Guajardo credited the 59th defense for making the game easier with its four interceptions, which shut down quarterback Todd Michel. Michel was coming off a three-touchdown performance in the opening week.

"Our team goes as our defense goes," said Guajardo. "Yes, we can score points most of the time, but if our defense doesn't do its job and keep opponents out of the end zone, then we might not win."

While the defense was posting a shutout, Guajardo and his receivers were in sync. Guajardo was five of six passing in the game, including touchdown tosses to Grey, Aaron Johnson, Nakeithian Phillips and Levon Harrison.

The quarterback/coach said the team's philosophy is to make opponents earn every point.

"Our defense did a heck of a job shutting out the other team," Guajardo said. "It's just a lot easier when the other team doesn't score. Then, all we have to do is score one touchdown."