Hernandez rallies ASIJ past Edgren
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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan – David Hernandez played big on both sides of the football on Friday. But while the American School In Japan quarterback posted some big numbers, signs of life emerged from Robert D. Edgren Eagles country.
The Eagles, who had lost their first three games and only put 19 points on the board, led the Mustangs 26-21 with 6 minutes, 3 seconds left in the third quarter before ASIJ closed with 29 unanswered points in a 50-26 win at Eagles Field.
“They’re a good football team,” Mustangs defensive coordinator John Seevers said. “They came out, they played hard, they have some good running backs and they threw the ball well. They’re well coached. A much better team than they were. I’m not looking forward to facing them when they come to our place.”
Edgren’s motto this season is “95 days, 6 seconds, all in,” and the Eagles are buying into what the coaches are providing more and more each week, Edgren coach Blaine Miller said.
“We’re getting there a little at a time,” he said. “They played really well tonight. We’re seeing some things we hadn’t seen before. About 70 percent of them have never played before. The coaches had some good schemes and the kids bought in.”
Hernandez was clearly the difference Friday, Miller said. “He put them on his shoulders in the fourth quarter,” Miller said. “He was not happy. No way he was going to lose to Edgren. A couple of calls, a couple of missed opportunities. … The guys need to learn to keep on the gas pedal.”
Hernandez went 10-for-24 for 329 yards and three touchdowns, rushed 15 times for 78 yards and three touchdowns and also picked off three passes. “David played a pretty good game tonight,” Seevers said.
Nick Robison caught five passes for 136 yards and a touchdown, Brandon Rogers had two catches for 123 yards and a score and Antonio Malacad caught a 60-yard TD pass. Ed Pond returned a fumble 21 yards for a score and had 12 tackles for the Mustangs (3-0).
Khaleem Shabazz matched Hernandez’s touchdown passing production for the Eagles, hitting Izzy Leon from 32 yards out, Tyrone Bacalso for a 45-yard TD pass and Scott Sheehan one for 14 yards. Shawn Robinson ran 31 yards for a TD.
ASIJ hosts Nile C. Kinnick on Friday at 6 p.m., while Edgren entertains Kubasaki on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.