Eagles hold off Samurai
Nearly two years since it last happened, the Robert D. Edgren Eagles got a taste of victory Saturday.
Jeff Fotakis and Kyle Deutsch each scored twice and the Eagles weathered a late rally to edge Matthew C. Perry 26-22 in a Japan Football League game at Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station.
Elsewhere in Japan, Zama American routed American School In Japan 43-7. In South Korea, Osan American rolled past Taegu American 42-6 in the season finale.
Robert D. Edgren 26, Matthew C. Perry 22
IWAKUNI MARINE CORPS AIR STATION, Japan — The Eagles (1-6) won on the field for the first time since Nov. 17, 2001, when they shut out Zama American 21-0.
“It feels good,” first-year Edgren head coach Jim Burgeson said. “The kids are extremely happy. It’s been a long time since they’ve enjoyed something like this.”
Fotakis ran for a pair of touchdowns, while Deutsch caught a TD pass from Bryan Krueger and ran for another score as the Eagles soared to a 20-0 lead, then hung on.
A 75-yard pass play on a fake punt highlighted the Samurai’s rally. Damian Bryan had TD runs of 2 and 31 yards, the first one set up by the fake punt, and Adam Krievs added a 63-yard breakaway TD run to cut the margin to 26-22.
“It was an interesting game,” first-year Samurai coach Kevin Crone said.
Edgren, which closes its season Friday at Yokota, got its only victory last season by forfeit. The Samurai (0-6) host Zama American on Saturday.
Zama American 43, American School In Japan 7
CAMP ZAMA, Japan — Donovan Nance returned the opening kickoff 90 yards and returned an interception 31 yards for another touchdown as the Trojans (6-3) ensured their first winning record since 2000.
The Trojans broke away from a 14-7 halftime lead by scoring 29 unanswered points and kept the Mustangs (1-5) winless in the Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools at 0-5, their worst season in 15 years. Zama finished 3-3 in Kanto.
David McMahon had TD passes of 35 yards to Corey Stacy and 7 to Mike Arrington. Luis Cuadrado added a 24-yard TD run and returned an interception 70 yards for another score.
Nance ran five times for 54 yards and finished with 198 all-purpose yards, and Cuadrado added 54 yards on six carries and had 124 total yards.
Russ Casimire had eight carries for 40 yards and an interception.
Osan American 42, Taegu American 6
CAMP WALKER, South Korea — Jackson Dayberry carried 11 times for 145 yards, including touchdown runs of 46 and 9 yards, and returned the opening kickoff 65 yards for a score as the Cougars took a 21-0 lead in the first four minutes.
Scott Lenihan added TD runs of 14 and 4 yards, and Van Hauter ran back a punt 27 yards for a score for Osan (2-2), which scored 35 first-half points.
Brian McGee scored for the Warriors (0-4) on a 10-yard first-half run.
The Cougars announced their 10 selections and the Warriors their five to the All-League team that will travel to Singapore for Saturday’s World Bowl XI, formerly known as the Far East Youth Activities Championship, against the Singapore World League Falcons.
Osan will send Dayberry, a senior tailback; senior linemen Justin Manco and Mike Makela; senior fullback Robert Mazur; junior cornerbacks Charles Walker and Van Hauter; Lenihan, a junior linebacker; freshman lineman David Leh; and sophomore defenders Brandon Vivian and J.D. Fuiamono.
Warriors representatives include senior tight end Bennie Stone, senior defensive lineman Aaron Brunner, sophomore running back-cornerback Robert Smith and sophomore linemen Jonathan Hamilton and Jeremy Wall.
League champion Seoul American will add 15 players to the roster early this week.