Kadena’s victory over Kubasaki last week played out like the Ernest Carr Show. In Friday’s Okinawa Activities Council series-clinching 41-6 victory over the Dragons, several Panthers got into the act.
Vince Coronado ran for two touchdowns; Carr, Brandon Harris and Roosevelt Payne each rushed for one and the Panthers held Kubasaki to 92 yards as Kadena took the OAC’s best-of-three series 2-0 and returned to the Far East Class AA playoffs.
Elsewhere, Yokota ran its Pacific-record regular-season winning streak to 47 games by beating Edgren 31-14 and Zama won a homecoming game for the first time since 2003.
On Guam, Father Duenas strengthened its hold on first place with a 36-8 victory over George Washington, ending the four-time defending champion’s five-game winning streak.
Kadena 41, Kubasaki 6: In driving rain that soaked some 1,500 spectators at Kadena Air Base, Coronado ran for TDs of 14 and 5 yards, finishing with 82 yards on five carries.
Kadena quarterback Jon Wright scored on a sneak from 3 yards. Payne broke off a 54-yard TD run, caught a 62-yard pass and had two returns for 48 yards.
Harris ran 6 yards for a touchdown and Carr bulled 11 times for 113 yards, including a 28-yard TD run on his last carry. He has 307 yards on 35 carries in two games.
“We may not have the biggest line, but they execute,” Kadena coach Sergio Mendoza said. “I’m proud of them. This was the biggest effort I’ve seen in my years at Kadena. A lot of big plays.”
Kadena rolled up 369 yards on 38 plays, more than four times Kubasaki’s 92 yards on 46 plays — most of which came on the Dragons’ final possession against Kadena’s second defense. Colton Sadler rushed for a 13-yard score on the final play for Kubasaki (0-3).
“They have a lot of talent, they’re well-coached and they’re disciplined. Those thing you put together make for an outstanding football team,” Kubasaki coach Fred Bales said of Kadena. “We wish them well in the playoffs.”
Yokota 31, Edgren 14: At Yokota Air Base, Anthony McNeill ran 31 times for 205 yards, scoring from 3 yards out late in the first half and running his Pacific-leading totals to 986 yards and 11 touchdowns on 152 carries for the Panthers (8-0).
Tony Presnell added 121 yards on 17 carries, running 14 yards for a score and catching a 20-yard TD strike from DeEric Harvin. Presnell has 692 yards and nine touchdowns on 78 carries. Harvin, who went 3-for-6 for 56 yards, also tossed a 28-yard scoring pass to Riki Byrnes.
Byrnes added a 29-yard field goal for Yokota.
Zach Latimore got the Eagles (4-3) on the board first with a 12-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Edgren got within 28-14 on its first third-quarter possession; Andrew Blankenship ran 30 yards for a score and Latimore added a two-point conversion.
Zama 26, ASIJ 0: At Camp Zama, Japan, Ken Johnson enjoyed what coach Steve Merrell called an “incredible night, an outstanding night.”
The junior running back shredded the Mustangs’ defense for three touchdown runs and nearly 200 rushing yards. His 70-yard TD jaunt with 5:20 left capped the scoring and thrilled a throng of fans with unflagging spirits despite a game-long downpour.
“You can handle those things if you end up with a victory,” Merrell said. His Trojans improved to 3-4, their most victories since 2004. The Mustangs remained winless (0-5) with one game left.