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KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Defense ruled the day for Kadena, particularly Troy Evans, who recorded three sacks and scored a safety to boost the Dragons to a 16-0 shutout which dethroned defending U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League champion Kinser and sent Kadena to its third straight Torii Bowl title game next Saturday.

They’ll face the Hansen Wolf Pack, 28-8 winners over Foster in Saturday’s other semifinal behind two touchdowns each by Kelvin Bowser and Mike Walker. The Torii Bowl is slated for noon Saturday at Ryukyu Middle School’s Habu Field.

Kadena’s victory was its third over Kinser this season and avenged the Dragons’ 36-0 Torii Bowl defeat last June 281.349788 against the Kings. Kadena also lost the 2013 Torii Bowl, 20-13 on July 13, 2013, at Misawa, when the league still had a North Division. Hansen is making its first Torii Bowl appearance.

For the Dragons, Sean Finnegan went 17-for-29 for 210 yards and accounted for 220 yards’ total offense. Sidney Lewis caught three passes for 70 yards and Brandon Avery seven catches for 75 yards and 24 yards on three carries. Emmanuel Griffin ran 14 times for 110 yards and a touchdown and caught six passes for 40 yards. Ralphael Jones had 30 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.

Defensively, the Dragons pressured the Kings’ quarterbacks all game, recording six total sacks. Jerel Tait and Mattieu Hensel each had interceptions out of the linebacker position.

Defense also played big for the Wolf Pack; Morgan Grant recorded three sacks of Bulldogs quarterback William Lane, who was picked off by Mitchell Burchett and Tyler Guillory and lost a game-ending fumble to Mike Walker.

Walker rushed for touchdowns of 5 and 3 yards, while quarterback Jesse Swanson went 10-for-21 for 131 yards, including TD passes of 21 and 35 yards to Kelvin Bowser, who finished with a team-high 73 yards on three receptions. The Wolf Pack hurt themselves with penalties, 13 for 145 yards in all.

Foster got on the board first, as Lane hit Emil Gray for a 24-yard first-quarter scoring pass. Lane went 18-for-29 for 201 yards, Towand Hill caught seven passes for 70 yards, Gray had three catches for 45 yards and Carl Williams rushed 17 times for 126 yards and accounted for 142 yards’ total offense.

The Wolf Pack won despite being outgained 302 to 250 and running 52 plays to Foster’s 66.

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