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On the scene: Spirit and sweat as Kadena takes on Kubasaki in season's first football game

Players from the Kadena Panthers gather after the defeating the Kubasaki Dragons in the first football game of the season at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

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By CARLOS M. VAZQUEZ II/STARS AND STRIPES | STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 9, 2019

There's nothing like a high school football game. Here's a glimpse of what it was like on the sidelines as Kadena played Kubasaki at Mike Petty Stadium (check out our game coverage here):

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A student from Kubasaki High School roots for the Dragons during the first football game of the season against the Kadena Panthers at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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Players from the Kadena Panthers and the Kubasaki Dragons shake hands before the start of the first football game of the season at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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Kubasaki Dragons cheerleaders pose for a photo during halftime during the first football game of the season against the Kadena Panthers at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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The Kadena Panthers salute the flag before the start of their first football game of the season against the Kubasaki Dragons at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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The Kubasaki Dragons salute the flag before the start of their first football game of the season against the Kadena Panthers at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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A referee flips a coin before the start of the first football game of the season between the Kadena Panthers and the Kubasaki Dragons at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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Players from the Kadena Panthers gather after the defeating the Kubasaki Dragons in the first football game of the season at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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The Kubasaki Dragons gather together before the start of their first football game of the season against the Kadena Panthers at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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A quarterback from the Kadena Panthers prepares to hike the ball during the first football game of the season against and the Kubasaki Dragons at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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A player from the Kubasaki Dragons listens to a coach speak during the first football game of the season against the Kadena Panthers at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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Players from the Kadena Panthers huddle during the first football game of the season against and the Kubasaki Dragons at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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A player from the Kubasaki Dragons listens to a coach speak during the first football game of the season against the Kadena Panthers at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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Players from the Kadena Panthers watch from the sideline during the first football game of the season against and the Kubasaki Dragons at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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Kubasaki High School Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps students practice drill formations prior to a football game against the Kadena Panthers at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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The Kadena Panthers prepare to take the field before the start of their first football game of the season against the Kubasaki Dragons at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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A coach from the Kadena Panthers speaks to players during the first football game of the season against and the Kubasaki Dragons at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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A player from the Kadena Panthers runs the ball during the first football game of the season against and the Kubasaki Dragons at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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A coach from the Kubasaki Dragons yells play formations during the first football game of the season against the Kadena Panthers at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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A player from the Kadena Panthers runs the ball during the first football game of the season against and the Kubasaki Dragons at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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Players from the Kubasaki Dragons prepare to hike the ball during the first football game of the season against the Kadena Panthers at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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Players from the Kadena Panthers and the Kubasaki Dragons play the first football game of the season at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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A coach from the Kubasaki Dragons speaks to players during the first football game of the season against the Kadena Panthers at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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A player from the Kadena Panthers watches from the sidelines during the first football game of the season against and the Kubasaki Dragons at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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A coach from the Kubasaki Dragons speaks to players during the first football game of the season against and the the Kadena Panthers at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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Players from the Kubasaki Dragons watch from the sideline during the first football game of the season against the Kadena Panthers at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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A coach from the Kubasaki Dragons walks off the field during the first football game of the season against the Kadena Panthers at Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
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