Camp Hansen wins USJ-AFL opener
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – On the road, outmanned, outweighed and outgained, Camp Hansen still found a way to win its U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League season-opening game.
Defensive end Christopher Jones returned an interception of a screen-pass attempt 40 yards for the only touchdown in the third quarter and the Wolf Pack stopped Yokosuka on four trips into the red zone as Hansen blanked the Seahawks 6-0 Saturday in a defensive struggle.
“Perfect example of fundamentals over power,” said coach Kevin Stansel, whose Wolf Pack had just 21 players in tow while the Seahawks fielded a full squad of nearly 50 and outgained Hansen by nearly 2½ to 1.
Of the Seahawks’ four trips inside Hansen’s 20, “We had to bend; they outweighed us by nearly 30 pounds,” Stansel said. “And we still came away with the victory. I’m proud of them.”
Adam McCarthy, the other defensive end, was “all over the place” making play after play, Stansel said. The nail that sealed the coffin came in the fourth quarter when Robert W. Smith III took an interception at the goal line 60 yards into Seahawks territory.
“We have to fix those mistakes,” Seahawks coach James Price said. “We killed ourselves with interceptions. Our defense played flawlessly. We ran for a lot of yards. We just couldn’t convert them into touchdowns.”
Camp Hansen was formerly known as Joint Task Force. It’s one of three teams in the South Division, including defending league champion Camp Foster, along with three North Division teams that will play the 13th USFJ-AFL season into the playoffs that last until late July.
Yokosuka travels to Foster and Misawa visits Yokota next Saturday.