One of the things that contributed to Nile C. Kinnick losing five of its last six games a season ago was, the bulk of its games against Division I teams came later in the campaign. They lost three of those games, to Yokota, Kadena and eventual champion Kubasaki, by an average of 33.7 points.
They got the W in their first game as a varsity football program in 11 years. But for coach Frank Macias and Matthew C. Perry, Saturday’s neutral-site game at Zama served as what he called an “eye-opener.”
Yokota did just enough to edge out Seoul American, edging the Falcons 21-20 Saturday at Seoul American’s Sims Field. Marcus Henagan’s 80-yard touchdown pass to Shota Sprunger early in the third quarter provided the winning margin.
Daegu found itself in a two-touchdown hole seemingly before the game even began. Humphreys scored on its first play, then after stopping the Warriors on their first offensive series found the end zone on another big play to lead 12-0.
They’ve won seven straight DODDS Japan championships. They’ve finished in the top eight of the Far East Division I Tournament the past six seasons, including runner-up finishes the last three straight years.
The heart, desire, dedication, commitment and hard work are all there, coach Aaron Mundy said following Humphreys’ first victory as a varsity football team. “It’s the football knowledge we need to work on,” he said after the Blackhawks shut out Osan 27-0 on Friday on their home field.
Nile C. Kinnick scored at a robust pace last season, leading the Pacific with 308 points in 11 games. However, the Red Devils also led the region in points allowed, with 306 – something coach Dan Joley said he’d hoped to address this season. Friday’s season-opening 30-0 win at Zama may have offered an indication, Joley said.
New quarterback, same result. In its first game in the post-David Hernandez era, American School In Japan got rushing touchdowns from three running backs and overwhelmed outmanned Robert D. Edgren 39-0 in Friday’s season opener at Mustang Valley.
Despite losing their first two games, coach Jacob Dowdell says he’s seeing continued improvement in some areas for his Guam High Panthers. They fell to 0-2 Friday in the Interscholastic Football League via a 28-18 loss to Father Duenas Memorial on the Panthers’ new turfed field.