Kinnick off to 2-0 start after rout of Edgren
Stars and Stripes
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – Nile C. Kinnick demonstrated that sort of offensive balance coaches dream of Friday and ran its mark to 2-0 to begin the DODDS Japan season.
Dre Paylor rushed for three touchdowns and Dustin Wilson ran for one and passed for another and the Red Devils defense held Robert D. Edgren to 43 yards in a 35-0 shutout of the Eagles at Berkey Field.
“I was pleased how we were so balanced,” said coach Dan Joley, whose Red Devils rolled up 459 yards of offense, the most on his three-plus season watch. “That pleases me as a coach to see both working. We had some great individual efforts tonight.”
Paylor finished with a career-high 218 yards on 27 carries. Wilson was 9-for-14 for 139 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown pass to former Eagle Marcel Daniels, and ran 11 times for 29 yards and a score.
Daniels finished with 42 yards on three catches, while Greg Bacon caught five passes for 80 yards.
Bookending the Kinnick defense were ends DeAndre Evans and Ryan Yates, who each recorded six tackles.
Special teams took special care to kick the ball away from dangerous Eagles return man Tyrone Bacalso. “We didn’t kick to him at all. He’s a slippery dude,” Joley said.
Despite the news out of Naval Air Facility Atsugi of Zama American’s 21-20 win over Yokota, Joley said he was taking Friday’s upcoming home game with the Panthers as seriously as he would in past seasons.
“You never feel confident going into a game against Yokota,” Joley said. “We’re not underestimating coach Pujol and his Panthers. They’ll be a good football team. They are a good football team.”
Kickoff for that game is 7 p.m. Friday at Berkey. Edgren (0-2) is off until hosting Daegu on Sept. 14 in the first of three Division II title-game qualifying games this season; kickoff is 7 p.m.