Pacific high school football lookahead Week 11.0
Published: October 27, 2011
The Top Ten
The Top Ten teams in the Stars and Stripes' weekly Far East high school football ratings, with records through Oct. 15, points and last week’s rating, as compiled by Dave Ornauer of Stars and Stripes sports. Ratings are based on teams' win-loss records, quality of wins, strength of roster, schedule and leagues, point differential and team and individual statistics. Maximum rating is 500 points:
Record Pts Pvs
1. Yokota, Japan 7-1 460 1
2. George Washington, Guam 8-0 456 2
3. American School In Japan 5-1 452 2
4. Kubasaki, Okinawa 5-1 448 4
5. Kadena, Okinawa 4-1 428 5
6. Seoul American 5-2 424 6
7. Guam High 5-4 396 7
8. Simon Sanchez, Guam 6-3 380 8
9. Zama American, Japan 3-5 316 9
10. Okkodo, Guam 3-6 296 10
Week 10 grid honors
Guam High—Sean Sweet 10-for-15, 132 yards; 9 yards, 2 carries; 1 interception. Matt Eaton 119 yards, 5 catches. Tyree Willis 2 fumble recoveries. Logan Dimmick 18 tackles, 3 sacks. Theartris Eaton 14 tackles. Nijee Smith 11 tackles.
Kubasaki—Cristian Rivera 12-for-19, 91 yards, 2 touchdowns; 48 yards, 5 carries; 70-yard touchdown catch. Brandon Crawford 54 yards, 4 catches; 70-yard touchdown pass. Richard Allen 77 yards, 2 touchdowns, 4 catches.
Zama American—Mitchell Harrison 43 yards, 10 carries; 63 yards, 3 returns; 1 fumble recovery.
Yokota—Tre Bailey 76 yards, 3 touchdowns, 8 carries. Michael Litman 82 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 carries; 27-yard touchdown catch. Morgan Breazell 64 yards, 8 carries; 30 yards, 2 returns; 1 interception.
Seoul American—Ty White 122 yards, 1 touchdown, 13 carries.
Daegu American—Xavian Washburn 1-yard touchdown run; 16 tackles.
Nile C. Kinnick—Dustin Kimbrell 177 yards, 3 touchdowns, 18 carries; 40 yards, 1 return; 1 fumble recovery, 1 blocked kick. Marcus Boehler 4-for-6 on extra-point kicks, Kinnicks'first field goal since 1993.
Week 11 outlook
Osan American at Singapore Falcons, 6 p.m.—Falcons thought Cristian Rivera and Jarrett Mitchell were a load? B.J. Bryant will be tough to stop, but Falcons should reverse the outcome of their trip last week to Okinawa. … Falcons 14, Cougars 13.
American School In Japan vs. Zama American at Reid Memorial Stadium, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, 7:30 p.m.—Title on the line for Mustangs, going for share of Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools crown; protection on the line for Trojans, keeping stars healthy for Division II title game next week. … Mustangs 16, Trojans 8.
DODDS Pacific Far East Division I playoffs
Kadena at Yokota, 7 p.m.—On paper, this looks like a mismatch. On the field, expect nothing of the sort. Kadena’s had trouble finding the end zone offensively; defensively, they’ve allowed just four touchdowns this season. Youngish roster is finding ways to win. Yokota has overpowered its Japan opponents, but has yet to beat Kadena in the Far East playoffs since their inception in 2005; this could be the one. … Yokota 16, Kadena 15.
Seoul American at Kubasaki, 2 p.m.—Third straight year that playoff opponents met each other during the regular season, this one at the same site as the previous encounter. Kubasaki’s 41-17 victory on Sept. 16 may have seemed one-sided, were it not for three big plays that broke it open. If the Falcons can ensure ball security and play better on special teams, this should be much closer. … Dragons 18, Falcons 15.
Last week—6-0, 1.000.
Far East Division I playoff capsules
Yokota Air Base, Japan
2011 season record—7-1, .875, 304 points for, 52 points against; 6-0 DODDS Japan, 1.000, 254 points for, 19 points against, two-time DODDS Japan champion; 5-1 Kanto Plain, .833, 229 points for, 46 points against, shares Kanto Plain championship with American School In Japan. Won DODDS Pacific Far East Division I semifinal 26-8 last Nov. 6 at Kubasaki; lost D-I championship game 50-23 on Nov. 12 against Kadena at Kubasaki.
Head coach—Tim Pujol, 13th season, overall record 106-19, .848, 12 DODDS Japan and at least a share of Kanto titles, five Rising Sun Bowl championships.
Base offense—Multiple, wishbone, power I, I.
Base defense—5-2, 4-3.
Key performers—Jesse Hogan, Jr., OL-DL; Stanley Speed, Jr., QB-DB; Dylan Kessler, Jr., OL-DL; Victor Madaris, Jr., OL-DL; Jerrell Fuller, Sr., OL-DL; Max Lester, Jr., OL-DL; Jake Jackson, Jr., OL-DL; Morgan Breazell, Jr., RB (859 yards, 107 carries, 7 touchdowns; Tre Bailey, Fr., RB (709 yards, 57 carries).
Strengths—Size in the line (all are 205 pounds or more) that Pujol hasn’t had in 10 years. Veterans and experience, and most are juniors who will return next season. Strongest ground attach Panthers have had in at least six years.
Drawbacks—Still thin in numbers, an injury or two from making the line ordinary. Not the best at the passing game or coming from behind; can be burned on special teams and on outside containment.
Seoul American Falcons
South Post, Yongsan Garrison
2011 season record—5-2 overall, .714, 161 points for, 94 points against. 4-0 DODDS Korea, 1.000, 99 points for, 25 points against, First DODDS Korea title since 2008. Lost DODDS Pacific Far East Division I semifinal 54-0 to Kadena on Nov. 6, lost third-place game 45-12 at Kubasaki on Nov. 11.
Head coach—Rydell Wilkins, first season.
Base defense—4- and 5-man fronts.
Key performers—Harold Martin, Sr., QB; Ty White, Sr., RB (733 yards, 6 touchdowns, 108 carries); Tomiwa Akinbayo, Sr., WR.; Alex McDonald, Fr., RB; Matthew Choi, Sr., L; Sidney Mala’ulu, So., L
Strengths—Teamwork, unity, ability to overcome. A ground game very much like the days when David Smalls (2006) and Trinadai Stansel (2008) powered the Falcons to D-I titles. Can also surprise in the air; Akinbayo is perhaps the team’s best athlete and Martin has a serviceable arm.
Drawbacks—Youth, inexperience. Falcons did very well against their Korea opposition; Okinawa has not been kind to the Falcons this year, outscoring them 62-24.
Kadena Air Base, Okinawa
2011 season record—4-1 overall, .800, 52 points for, 42 points against; 1-1 Okinawa Activities Council, .500, 15 points for, 27 points against. Won Far East Division I semifinal 54-0 over Seoul American on Nov. 6, won second straight Division I championship game 50-23 over Yokota on Nov. 11 at Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa.
Head coach—Sergio Mendoza, sixth season. Overall record 36-3, five straight Okinawa Activities Council regular-season titles (2006-10), three Class AA championships (2007, ’09, ’10).
Base offense—Multiple, spread option, power wishbone.
Key performers—Gabriel Ahner, Sr., L; Josh Dyer, Jr., L.; Dominic Shea, So., QB; Maverick Giron, So., QB; Nick Perry, Jr., RB; Justin Sego, Fr., RB; Joey Dyer, Jr., RB; Gage Bongo, So.; Chris McQuillan, Jr., WR.
Strengths—Attitude, work ethic. Despite youth and inexperience, defense has been this team’s rock, allowing just four offensive touchdowns, and the Panthers somehow find ways to win.
Drawbacks—Youth, inexperience. Four-week layoff between Oct. 3 6-0 play-in game victory over Guam High and the semifinal. Offense clearly misses the production of Shariff Coleman, Thomas McDonald, Stanley Schrock and those who came before them. About 50 percent of the roster comprised of underclassmen. Bodes well for the future.
Camp Foster, Okinawa
2011 season record—5-1, .833, 173 points for, 44 points against; 1-1 Okinawa Activities Council, .500, 27 points for, 15 points against.
Head coach—Fred Bales, seventh season. Overall record 17-16, .515, two Okinawa Activities Council title (also won in 2005), one Division I title (2005).
Base offense—Multiple, I.
Base defense—4-man fronts.
Key performers—Jarrett Mitchell, So., RB (744 yards, 5 touchdowns, 66 carries); Tyler Smith, So., L; Tyshon Butler, So., L; Cristian Rivera, Sr., QB; Columbus Wilson, Sr., TE; Jacob Jadwin, Sr., L: Roland Hernandez, Sr., L: Brandon Crawford, Sr., WR.
Strengths—Strong at skills positions, especially with the addition of Mitchell in the backfield to take pressure off Rivera and Crawford, who pretty much carried the team a season ago.
Drawbacks—Youth, inexperience in the line. Struggled with Kadena, only putting up 27 points; got past Seoul American 41-17 on Sept. 16 mainly via big plays. They’ll need more than that to overcome Falcons this time.