It took awhile — the entire season, in fact — for Taegu American to find an offensive rhythm. The discovery made for a very happy homecoming in Warrior country.

Angel Hickman and Antonio Harris each rushed for two touchdowns, pacing a Warriors ground game that rolled up 384 yards in a 36-0 victory over Osan American on Friday at Camp Walker’s Kelly Field.

“Obviously, I am very proud of these young men,” coach Ken Walter said after Taegu’s first homecoming victory since 2002.

“We made a challenge to them on the very first day of practice. We wanted to get better every week. They proved tonight they have answered the challenge.”


¶ Guam High held Interscholastic Football League-leading Father Duenas to its lowest point total of the season, but couldn’t find the end zone in an 8-0 loss.

The Panthers will finish the regular season 4-6; they have to forfeit next Friday’s game at George Washington because Guam High is hosting Yokota in the Class AA semifinals at 7 p.m. Saturday at Naval Station.

¶ Anthony McNeill ran for three TDs, and Yokota closed the Japan season by extending its Pacific-record regular-season winning streak to 48 games with a 41-7 homecoming victory over American School In Japan.

¶ Zama spoiled Kinnick’s homecoming, as Ken Johnson broke a 15-15 fourth-quarter tie with a touchdown run, and the Trojans pulled away to win 24-15, avenging a 36-20 home loss on Sept. 10.

South KoreaTaegu American 36, Osan American 0: The margin of victory was the biggest for the Warriors since a 40-6 romp over Osan on Nov. 2, 2002, when the league was still under the Korea Youth Activities umbrella.

Walter changed defensive schemes, going from one safety to two and from four- to five-man fronts after a season-opening 19-12 loss to Seoul American.

Since then, Taegu has given up nine points in four games, but Walter figured it would take time for the offense to jell.

“Tonight, we did that,” Walter said of an offense that scored three times in its first eight plays, and scored on seven of its nine possessions.

Hickman ran for 205 yards, including TDs of 82 and 60 yards, while Harris gained 123 yards and scored on runs of 31 and 12 yards.

Trey Griffin ran 6 yards for a score, Brandon Harris added a 50-yard TD run, and Matt Solseth ran back an interception 55 yards for a score.

GuamFather Duenas 8, Guam High 0: At Mangilao, the Panthers’ “Terror Dome” defense kept the Friars in check, but Guam High couldn’t answer the call offensively, never getting past its own 49-yard line.

“Little mistakes,” coach Brandon Miller said. “We’re practicing the little things, but we aren’t executing” in games. He blamed protection breakdowns, missed blocks and offside penalties for short-circuiting the Panthers’ attack.

“Our defense was studly,” Miller said. “If we can just get things together (offensively), we’ll be dangerous.”

R.J. Bryan had a team-leading nine tackles, six solo. Rey Tenorio added five tackles and two assists, Ryan Ford had five tackles, and he and Sean Orr each had one sack of Friars quarterback Will Williams.

JapanZama 24, Kinnick 15: At Yokosuka Naval Base, the Trojans closed the season 4-4. The Red Devils finished 2-5.

“We made progress throughout the season,” Trojans coach Steven Merrell said.

“We kept telling the kids the last two weeks, we need to finish. They overcame adversity, they went out on a high note.”

Johnson’s 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter snapped a 15-15 tie, and Jon Kimball ensured the victory with a 27-yard field goal with just under five minutes left. Emmanuel Sloan and Jon Tolliver each ran for Zama touchdowns.

T.J. Sloan caught an 18-yard TD pass from Chad Atchley, and Donavan Brown rambled 65 yards on a sweep for a score for the Red Devils.

Yokota 41, American School In Japan 7: At Yokota Air Base, McNeill ran for 154 yards, including touchdowns of 1, 1 and 29, stretching his DODDS-Pacific-leading totals to 1,140 yards and 14 touchdowns on 178 carries.

DeEric Harvin ran for a touchdown and went 2-for-2 passing for 57 yards, including a 49-yard scoring pass to Riki Byrnes. Tony Presnell added 97 yards on nine carries, and Derick Seward gained 42 yards on eight carries, running 4 yards for a touchdown. Bob Scott recovered a fumble for Yokota.

The Mustangs finished the season 0-6.



W L Pct. PF PA

x-Father Duenas 8 1 .889 233 44

x-Simon Sanchez 6 2 .750 102 89

x-George Washington 6 3 .667 132 99

x-Guam High 4 6 .400 75 98

John F. Kennedy 2 6 .250 34 132

Southern 0 8 .000 50 164

x-clinched Interscholastic Football League playoff berth

Friday’s game

Father Duenas 8, Guam High 0

Saturday’s games

Southern vs. Simon Sanchez at John F. Kennedy H.S., Upper Tumon, 7 p.m.

John F. Kennedy at George Washington, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 2

George Washington 2, Guam High 0, forfeit

Saturday, Nov. 3

John F. Kennedy at Southern, 10 a.m.

Father Duenas vs. Simon Sanchez at Ramsey Field, John F. Kennedy H.S., Upper Tumon, 7 p.m.

End Regular Season


DODDS-Japan Football League

W L Pct. PF PA

x-Yokota 6 0 1.000 200 78

Edgren 3 3 .500 124 99

Zama 2 4 .333 89 160

Kinnick 1 5 .167 99 150

x-clinched league title

Friday’s games

Zama 24, Kinnick 15

Yokota 41, American School In Japan 7

End Regular Season

South Korea

W L Pct. PF PA

y-Seoul American 5 0 1.000 121 20

x-Taegu American 3 2 .600 69 28

Osan American 0 6 .000 14 156

x-clinched berth, host rights to Far East Class A championship game Nov. 3 at Camp Walker's Kelly Field.

y-clinched league title

Friday’s game

Taegu American 36, Osan American 0

End Regular Season

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