CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – Though putting away Humphreys’ Blackhawks with apparent ease, coach Jim Davis thinks the road to success for his Seoul American Falcons is still under construction as he prepares for the Division I regular-season grind.
Kyle Ellison rushed for a touchdown and picked off a pass, Myles Haynes ran for 127 yards on 15 carries and Joab Ramos gained 98 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown as the Falcons roughed up the Blackhawks 24-6 Friday in the DODDS Korea season-opening game for both teams.
But to Davis, a couple more weeks’ worth of work by the Blackhawks could have made all the difference.
“They’re pretty tough. They looked pretty good,” Davis said of the Blackhawks, who got their lone score on an 18-yard screen pass from Tyreke Slaughter to Dai’Quan Wilson. “If he had two more weeks, it may have been a different outcome. We have our work cut out for us.”
It was Humphreys’ first outing as a varsity team, after playing the 2013 season as a non-varsity entity.
“As in any first game, you see a lot of mistakes,” coach Aaron Mundy said of a team that featured six players at positions they’d never played.
As Davis believes Humphreys has some potential, so, too, does Mundy believe the Falcons will be a Division I force.
“They have large, strong boys, good running backs, they’re well coached,” Mundy said, likening them to the Kadena team he saw five years ago when he was coaching Osan. “If there’s a team in the Pacific as big as them, I’d be shocked. They’re going to be a handful.”
For the Falcons, Christian Scruggs also added a touchdown run, David Cole had an interception, Josh Scott recorded two sacks and Sani Buckingham led the team with eight tackles. Slaughter finished 2-for-8 for 16 net yards and Osie Cruz rushed 21 times for 12 yards for Humphreys.
One bright spot for the Blackhawks was in special teams, where Jameson Vi showed ability at punter. “He got plenty of practice tonight,” Mundy said.
Humphreys welcomes Osan for its next game on Sept. 5, while the Falcons have a two-week wait before they travel to Yokota on Sept. 13.