Courtney-Hansen takes defensive stance in win
CAMP COURTNEY, Okinawa — Offense, defense and special teams each got into the act Saturday as the Courtney-Hansen Titans got their first-ever U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League victory and spoiled the Futenma Falcons’ debut.
The Titans held the Falcons to six yards, forced five turnovers, blocked two punts — one for a touchdown — and recorded a safety in their 17-0 victory at the Courtney Bowl.
“We contributed in all areas,” said coach Tony Bowman, whose Titans improved to 1-1. “Defense kept us in there.”
In fact, the defense scored most of the points. Donarell Weems’ blocked punt was recovered by Thomas Elders in the end zone for the Titans’ first score, and James Block recorded a second-quarter safety.
Patrick Galindo burst 84 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown.
Despite the Titans’ 213 yards on 55 plays, Bowman said he wasn’t satisfied with his team’s performance. The Titans turned the ball over twice and were flagged for 11 penalties for 110 yards.
“We had some misfires on offense,” Bowman said. “We won, but I wasn’t pleased with the effort.”
The Falcons had trouble getting going against the Titans’ relentless rush.
“We need to work on our offensive line,” Falcons coach John Quintana said. “We couldn’t establish a game plan, and they were penetrating our offense. All in all, our first game, we did fine, but we have a lot to work on.”
Futenma next hosts the Kadena Dragons on Saturday. The Titans and Falcons meet again on July 19, at a site and time to be determined.