Teams seeking improvement had a red-letter day Saturday as three Pacific high school football teams won their first games of the season.:

• After losing twice by wide margins to Seoul American, Osan American (1-2) got its first victory since 2001, routing Taegu American 55-6.

• Guam High (2-1) won for the second time this season, but for the first time on the field, shutting out Guam International Christian Academy 36-0. The Panthers got their first victory two weeks ago by forfeit.

• The American School In Japan (1-3) broke a three-game skid by defeating Robert D. Edgren 27-14 in a nonleague contest.

The four-time defending champion Yokota Panthers (7-0) moved to within a game of their fifth straight Japan Football League title by whitewashing Matthew C. Perry 42-0.

Yokota (6-0 JFL) needs a victory Oct. 31 over Nile C. Kinnick to clinch the title and make its fifth straight trip to the Rising Sun Bowl, slated for Nov. 15 on Okinawa.


Osan American 55, Taegu American 6

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — “A lot of my kids needed this. I’m really happy for them,” coach Tony Alvarado said after the Cougars fell behind 6-0 but scored 55 unanswered points for their first victory since beating Taegu 54-12 to close the 2001 season.

Jackson Dayberry ran for two touchdowns and six other Cougars scored in a game in which Alvarado said he tried to “spread the wealth.”

Rob Mazur scored on a 35-yard run, Ellis Colton caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Josh Cho and Charles Walker ran 15 yards for another score.

Van Hauter returned a punt 51 yards for a touchdown and Justin Manco turned a fumbled kickoff into a 25-yard scoring return.

A 10-yard keeper by quarterback Brian McGee put the Warriors (0-2) ahead 6-0 in the first quarter.

“Taegu came on very strong,” Alvarado said. “That Taegu quarterback is a good scrambler, very elusive. I told the guys that Taegu came here to play and they had to come back and win the ballgame.”

Having done so, Osan now can finish the season at 2-2, its best record since sharing the Korea Youth Activities League-Senior Division crown in 1996, with a victory Nov. 1 at Kelly Field at Taegu’s Camp Walker.

“We got the monkey off our back,” Alvarado said. “A lot of our kids have waited for a win like this.”


Guam High 36, Guam Int. Christian Academy 0

MANGILAO, Guam — What first-year coach Mark Franchino calls “keep-out passes” proved to be the Panthers’ main weapon and the undoing of the Gators (0-2) in rainy, sloppy conditions at George Washington High School field.

Quarterback Troy Curtis ran for touchdowns of 50 and 40 yards and threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Theo Tom on an option play designed for the quarterback to pass, pitch out or keep the ball.

“Good game,” Franchino said. “Good to get that first victory on the field. It was a good day all the way around. Best one I’ve had yet.”

It was the Panthers’ largest victory margin since shutting out John F. Kennedy 47-0 in a season opener on Sept. 3, 1999.

Tom also ran 40 yards on an end-around for a touchdown and P.J. Guerrero added a 40-yard TD run.


American School In Japan 27, Robert D. Edgren 14

TOKYO — Ben Seevers hit Daniel Welch from 30 yards out and threw a 21-yard pass to Ryan Butz for touchdowns, and Nathan Tanaka ran a 12-yard sweep and Adam Sherman added a 5-yard scoring run for the Mustangs (1-3).

The Eagles (0-5) trailed throughout but kept it close, thanks to two 1-yard quarterback sneaks by Bryan Krueger, plus Krueger’s two-point conversion pass to Kyle Deutsch on the second TD, in the fourth period.

Yokota 42, Matthew C. Perry 0

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Shawn Novak went 3-for-7 for 91 yards and three TDs and Chris and Roy Roach each ran for TDs in the rain and mud of Bonk Field to run the Panthers’ winning streak to 35 games, four short of the Far East record.

Roy Roach (48 yards, seven carries) scored on a 17-yarder on the Panthers’ first play. Roach (85 yards, four carries) added a 63-yard TD run.

Novak threw touchdown passes of 42 yards to Corie White, 27 to Chris Roach and 22 to Koji Nowell, who also returned an interception 30 yards for a score.

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