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Things learned, observed around Yokota football camp

-- 14 returners, 10 of them starters, most coach Tim Pujol and Yokota have had since 2001. Whole offensive line and backfield return intact.
-- That said, Panthers refuse to take a thing for granted, realizing it takes hard work to reach the Far East Division I title mountain; it takes twice as much to remain on top.
-- That new field turf gets HOT in the dog days of summer. Thank goodness the Panthers will play most, if not all, of their home games at night.
-- Jesse Hogan’s sidelined following surgery? No problem; he’ll only miss a game, and he and the rest of the rest of the line are sporting increased muscle mass. Bless the Pig Iron Club.
-- No question, the Panthers have Sept. 7 circled on their calendars. That’s when they visit American School In Japan, which has beaten Yokota at Mustang Valley the last three seasons.
-- “We’re still the head busters.” Quarterback Stanley Speed channeling his inner Big Mike Wright circa 2002.
-- “Better enjoy this year,” for a huge senior group will receive their diplomas in June, Pujol is all too aware.

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Ornauer on AFN

 

Stars and Stripes reporter Dave Ornauer talks about the Pacific sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file.)

 

Oct. 24: Dave Ornauer talks about cross country, football and other Pacific sporting events occurring this weekend.

Oct. 17: The Nile C. Kinnick football team can ensure its fans have good seats for the Far East Division I final with a win over Kadena on Saturday.

Oct. 3: Dave Ornauer talks about the weekend's key football matchups, including Matthew C. Perry at American School In Japan.