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Things learned, observed around Zama American football camp

-- No secret what coach Steven Merrell and the Trojans will do offensively; he’s been running the same thing for five years.
-- Just a question of how well they’ll do it with half of the “Thunder and Lightning” backfield, Mitchell Harrison, sidelined until late September by shoulder surgery last spring.
-- Senior fullback partner Andre Encarnacion looks primed and fit. Hopefully, no ankle issues this season.
-- Nice to see RayVaughn King come over from basketball; he’ll quarterback and one of his favorite targets, natch, will be sure-handed returning receiver David Coleman, a fellow hoopster.
-- We’ll see how well Chad Wilder’s mat skills (reigning Far East Tournament outstanding wrestler) translate over to the gridiron. Merrell likes his ability and discipline.
-- Oh, how nice Texas was to Trojans Nation. Juniors Kalob Gunn (line, linebacker) and Rafael Morales (running back-linebacker) stepped off the PCS plane and should have immediate impact.
-- What Merrell wouldn’t have given for another year of eligibility for 2009 Division II title-team holdover lineman Roland Cote. Or others from that line, for that matter; this one is very green.
-- Come the 2013 season, no more Kanto teams will play on grass; Trojans Field at Zama and Reid Memorial Stadium at Naval Air Facility Atsugi are each due to get field turf.

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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.)

 

Sept. 12: Dave Ornauer highlights Nile C. Kinnick's win over Zama, 30-0, during high school football last week, discusses other games throughout the Pacific.

Aug. 29: High school football is back and Dave talks about the prospects of DODDS teams in Japan.

May 30: Recapping ASIJ's and Zama's Far East baseball championships that capped the Pacific high school sports school year.