Kubasaki thumps Daegu to stay perfect
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CAMP WALKER, South Korea – Winston Maxwell, Jarrett Mitchell and Kubasaki’s running game made huge strides Saturday, helping the Dragons improve to 2-0 on the young season. Daegu, meanwhile, hopes its first two games, both losses, will help prepare it for its Division II slate.
Mitchell ran for 255 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries and Maxwell 139 on 17, while Joe Cervantes ran for two scores and the Dragons routed the Warriors 41-8 at Camp Walker’s Kelly Field.
“The blocking and tackling improved from Game 1,” Kubasaki coach Fred Bales said, alluding to the Dragons’ season-opening 12-6 win at Kadena late last month.
“I was pleased with our physicality and intensity. Our running game got going. We still made mistakes, we had a few penalties. Daegu has some big boys in the line, (but) we controlled the line of scrimmage, which pleases any coach.”
Cervantes finished 7-for-13 for 86 yards. Kareem Key and Kane Wilton each had six tackles and DeQuan Alderman and Tristan McElroy each picked off David Cooper passes.
The only bright spot for the Warriors was Cooper’s 28-yard touchdown pass to Torian James in the final period. Cooper completed six of 15 passes for 80 yards.
“It’s been a rough couple of games,” said coach Luke Spencer, whose Warriors lost 12-8 at Seoul American on Aug. 30. Asked if he felt the two games would toughen up the Warriors for its D-II games, he said: “I would hope so.”
“My hat’s off to them,” Spencer said of the Dragons. “They came in well prepared, mentally and physically. A dominating performance. They’re well coached, they’re really strong.”
Bales was equally complimentary of Daegu. “That team fought really hard. It was a nice atmosphere for football; they do a great job of hosting,” Bales said.
Kubasaki plays its first home game of the season next, on Friday vs. Kadena at 6 p.m. Daegu’s D-II slate begins Saturday at Robert D. Edgren; kickoff is at 7 p.m.