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Kadena tops Hansen in military football

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – Manny Griffin ran 85 yards for a touchdown and Kadena’s defense recorded three sacks and intercepted two passes in a rain-plagued 14-6 win Saturday over Hansen at McDonald Stadium.

The win improved Kadena to 2-1, a half-game behind first-place Kinser (2-0) in the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League’s South Division. The Wolf Pack fell to 0-3.

“It was nasty out there; it was not helping that it was raining,” Dragons coach Robert Friend said of game-long sideways rain which turned the field into a muddy mess, with players slipping and sliding from opening kickoff to final gun.

Ralphael Jones added a 3-yard scoring run for Kadena. Colt Kehlenbeck, Alex Pinabuso and Reggie Mebane each recorded sacks for the Dragons and Salem Morris and Brandon Chambers each picked off passes. A Dyezelle Hooper TD pass accounted for the Wolf Pack’s lone points.

Kinser was scheduled to host Foster on Saturday, but that game was postponed due to lack of officials. No reschedule date was announced, assistant commissioner for the South Division Kevin Bonner said.

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