Seoul takes advantage of Daegu mistakes in 12-8 win
Stars and Stripes
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea – Call Friday’s Seoul American come-from-behind victory over Daegu a narrow escape.
Max Weekly’s 74-yard touchdown run gave the Falcons the lead for good and Seoul American picked off five Warriors passes, including Desmond Patton’s end-zone interception with 15 seconds left, as the Falcons rallied to beat Daegu 12-8 Friday at Sims Field.
“Whoo-ee,” Falcons coach Jim Davis said, adding he told Warriors coach Luke Spencer – Davis’ assistant in Bamberg in the 2000s – that “if we keep doing this, we’re going to become old and gray really quickly.”
The defensive, low-scoring struggle was played pretty much evenly, with the Falcons outgaining the Warriors by just 26 yards. Seoul American hurt itself with penalties, 12 for 108 yards, while Daegu simply made too many mistakes on offense.
Despite the Warriors’ turnovers, Davis said he sees a potential Far East Division II title team in Daegu.
“If they don’t bring home the banner, I’d like to see who wins it, because that is one loaded team,” Davis said. “They are one tough team. They have size, they are disciplined, they’re well coached, they run hard and hit hard.”
Daegu got on the board first, driving 50 yards on nine plays in 3:09, capped by first-year quarterback David Cooper’s 4-yard keeper 2:08 into the second quarter. Anfernee Dent’s two-point pass to Caleb Page made it 8-0.
The Falcons answered four minutes before halftime when fullback John Stoll converted Gary Ayres’ interception and 24-yard return to the Daegu 5 by rushing two times, the second a 1-yard end-zone plunge. It remained 8-6 at halftime.
Facing a third-and-five at the Falcons 36, Seoul American’s Max Weekly took a handoff on a trap play and burst through a massive hole, thanks to a block by sophomore guard Curtis Davis. Weekly ran down the left sideline, untouched, 74 yards for the game-winning score.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever had a sophomore as a captain,” Davis said of the younger Davis, the lone returnee in a line loaded with transfers. “He’s really helped the (less experienced) guys rise up.”
Pinned back at their 2-yard line with 7:30 left, the Warriors drove 85 yards to the Falcons’ 8 with 53 seconds left. Cooper threw twice incomplete, then tried to hit Torian James in the corner of the end zone, only to have Patton leap and snag the clinching interception.
“They always play us tough,” Spencer said. “Seoul American is a well-coached team. I made some critical mistakes in play-calling that I have to fix. We had mistakes early in drives that cost us, Seoul American had some big plays that hurt us.”
The Falcons next host Kadena at 2 p.m. Saturday, while Kubasaki travels to Daegu for a 6 p.m. Saturday kickoff.