Wilson helps Kinnick stay perfect
Nile C. Kinnick's' Dre Paylor tries to elude the tackle of Seoul American's Christian Guavera during Saturday's DODDS Pacific Far East Division I football game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The Red Devils won 44-6.
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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea – Jim Davis knew, 12 years ago when he was a Nile C. Kinnick assistant football coach, that Dustin Wilson, then 5 with his front teeth missing, would someday be a quarterback.
On Saturday, Wilson, now a Kinnick senior, proved Davis, now a Seoul American coach, prophetic.
Wilson threw for four touchdowns and ran for another and Dre Paylor returned a kick 85 yards for a score as the Red Devils improved to 4-0 for the first time in 16 years, routing the Falcons 44-6 at Seoul American’s Sims Field.
“Dustin likes to throw,” said Davis, adding he knew that back when Wilson was a wee one. With the weapons he has around him, “he takes advantage of all opportunities, which he did today.”
“It was one of those days when everything was clicking for Dustin. Great day,” said coach Dan Joley, whose Red Devils are off to their best start since opening 5-0 in 1997, the third of their four-straight Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools title seasons.
Joley called the victory a “huge step” for the program, which had played its first three games at home. The experience of taking a road trip, standing in passport lines, even opting to sleep in a barracks together instead of at the posh Dragon Hill Lodge, was big in the team’s development, he said.
“Taking a road trip and finishing the way it was intended,” Joley said. “We were with each other 24-7. All business. All they thought about was football since we left Yokosuka. It sets the tone for the next four weeks on the road. It’s tough to travel, and when you go international, it adds to it.”
Wilson went 14-for-19 for 250 yards and also kicked a 34-yard field goal. Paylor, on the heels of his 371-yard game against Yokota, was held to 82 yards on 12 carries. Tyler Shilton had nine tackles and Marcel Daniels added an interception.
While Joley felt Wilson’s big day was partly due to Davis’ game-planning for Paylor, Davis insisted the Falcons took the field to defend all facets of Kinnick’s offense.
“We knew Dustin could throw. We obviously didn’t want Paylor run all over us, but we went out to defend balance,” Davis said.
Max Weekley rushed 20 times for 100 yards to pace the Falcons, who got their lone points from John Stoll on a 3-yard run; Stoll had 68 yards on 14 tries.
It turned out senior quarterback Cameron Harris fractured a bone in his hand in the 28-14 loss a week earlier to Kadena, and is in a cast and is out for 12 weeks. Starting in his place was freshman Elijah Simpson.
“He’ll be great one day,” Davis said of Simpson. “This wasn’t the day.”