Big plays lead Kubasaki past Seoul American
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – Big plays by senior Jace Johnson and sophomore Jarrett Mitchell Friday helped Kubasaki remain unbeaten in regular-season games against non-Okinawa foes since the start of the 2010 season.
Johnson took a blocked punt 38 yards and a fumble by Kubasaki’s offense 60 yards for touchdowns, and Mitchell ran back a kickoff 94 yards for a score as the Dragons (2-1) beat Seoul American, 41-17, at rain-drenched Mike Petty Stadium.
The Dragons are 5-0 against Korean foes the past two years, their latest win coming against a Falcons team they were supposed to play Saturday. The game was moved up due to the proximity of Tropical Storm Roke to the island.
“They were tough,” Kubasaki coach Fred Bales said of the Falcons. “They showed class and sportsmanship, flying in and playing on the same day. It was a tough night. Both teams handled the weather well.”
Johnson added 54 yards on six rushes; his return touchdown was created by Tyler Smith’s punt block. Mitchell had 193 yards on nine carries.
Cristian Rivera went 5-for-10 for 78 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Crawford, who finished with 67 yards on three receptions. Tyshon Butler had eight tackles for Kubasaki.
Ty White led the Falcons (1-2) with 70 yards on 14 carries, including a 5-yard scoring run. Andy Weber returned a kick 80 yards for a TD, and Harold Martin booted a 30-yard field goal.
“In the first half, we could have played better,” Falcons coach Rydell Wilkins said, adding that the punt block and kick return “took us out of it in the first half. In the second half, we played with a lot more spirit. We have to learn how to play a complete game.”