Games of the week
By Published: September 28, 2017
Kadena (4-0) at Nile C. Kinnick (4-0)
When – 2 p.m. Saturday.
Where –Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.
What – Only meeting of the regular season between the two teams currently leading the chase for host rights to the Far East Division I championship game scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 27-28. The visiting Panthers are 3-0 in Division I and have the highest average scoring offense in DODEA-Pacific, 45.5 points per game. By contrast, the Red Devils, also 3-0 in D-I, have the best scoring defense among D-I teams in DODEA-Pacific, 3.75 points per game. The winning team assumes control of the chase for D-I title-game host rights. The losing team still has a shot at playing for the title, but must win out from there and get some help.
Players to watch – Kadena and Kinnick each boast some potent weapons, any of whom can score at any time on big plays. For the Red Devils, it’s seniors Kacey Walker (16-for-33, 417 yards, 5 TDs; 123 yards, 2 TDs, 28 carries), Harry Cheng (486 yards, 6 TDs, 54 carries), receiver-return man Devoney Stanley and transfer slot back Aaron Peterson. Speed and power headline the Panthers backfield, with juniors Eric McCarter (523 yards, DODEA-Pacific-leading 10 TDs, 26 carries) and Uriah Morris (334 yards, 3 TDs, 27 carries), while senior Cody Sego is as solid running with the ball (293 yards, 4 TDs, 19 carries) as he is passing (6-for-12, 122 yards, 3 TDs).
Matthew C. Perry (2-1) at Yokota (2-2)
When – 6 p.m. Friday.
Where – Yokota Air Base, Japan.
What – Lone meeting of the season between the two teams currently leading the chase to be Japan’s representative in the Far East Division II final scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 27-28. Yokota won Division I titles in 2011 and 2012 and lost at Daegu in the 2015 D-II title game; Perry is the reigning D-II champion, having won 44-6 last Nov. 5 at home over Humphreys. The Samurai’s lone loss came to a D-I team; Perry has outscored two D-II foes 98-8. The Panthers’ two losses have come against D-I teams; they have outscored their two D-II opponents 112-20.
Players to watch – Both sides tend to stick to a ground attack, Perry operating out of a double-wing set and Yokota opting for a combined veer and power game. The Samurai are led by senior Andrew Borrero’s 281 yards and six TDs on 46 carries, Elijah LeBron with 109 yards and a TD on 22 carries and Ethan Peterson (89 yards, 3 TDs, 28 carries). Senior Garrett Macias is 3-for-3 passing for 90 yards. Perry’s most dangerous defender is Mason Graydon (18 tackles, 5 for losses, 3 sacks, 2 safeties). Speedy senior Kishaun Kimble-Brooks paces the Panthers with 352 yards and five TDs on 22 carries against D-II foes. Marquis Smith-Brown has two touchdown catches and 179 yards total offense against D-II opponents. Nathan Rundle is an economical 5-for-7 passing for 217 yards and four TDs against D-II teams.