High School Football Roundup Kadena, Seoul American win, set up rematch of 2006 Class AA title game
Saturday’s Far East Class AA football championship game will look very much like the one two years ago, as Kadena of Okinawa will travel to Seoul American for the title clash.
Kadena racked up its fifth shutout of the season, blanking Guam High 27-0 in Saturday’s semifinal at Kadena’s McDonald Stadium. Seoul American punched its ticket by edging Yokota 19-16 at Yokota High School’s Bonk Field.
"We worked really hard to get to this point," said Kadena coach Sergio Mendoza, whose team has outscored opponents 111-0. "We’re right where we feel we should be."
"We love the chance we get to compete. I’m proud of how we got to this point with a young team. It speaks highly of the program we have here," said coach Julian Harden, whose Falcons (5-1) have beaten Yokota (6-3) twice by three points in Class AA semifinals since 2005.
Seoul American 19, Yokota 16: At Yokota Air Base, Japan, Alex Rhinehart provided the winning margin with a 47-yard TD run in the third quarter for the Falcons. They led 3-0 at half on Joe Han’s 36-yard field goal, then got a 23-yard TD pass from Johnnie Hickson to Willie Brown. Trinadai Stansel ran for a game-high 175 yards for the Falcons.
Tony Presnell returned to Yokota’s lineup after limited duty the past six weeks due to a shoulder injury. He ran 4 yards for a TD, returned a kick 85 yards for a score and had 11 tackles. Derick Seward ran 21 times for 234 yards. Rainey Daley had 12 tackles.
Kadena 27, Guam High 0: At Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, it remained scoreless through one quarter, before Kadena linebacker Lamar Stevens picked up a fumble and returned it 50 yards for the only points the Panthers would need.
Stan Schrock’s quarterback sneak made it 13-0 at halftime. Brandon Harris and Stevens then broke off runs of 78 and 33 yards, respectively, to cap the scoring for the Panthers (5-0).
"They’re [Kadena] a great team," said coach Brandon Miller of Guam High (4-5). "We kept it close in the beginning. We gave it our best shot and came up short."
U.S. All-Stars 57, Japanese All-Stars 20: In a revival of the Tomodachi Bowl postponed after the 2004 Japan Football League season, a team of Zama American and Nile C. Kinnick All-Stars pounded a combined Japanese team from Nanryo and Kamitsuruma High Schools at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan.
Zama’s Michael Spencer ran for two touchdowns, Emmanuel Sloan ran for another and returned an interception for a score and Joe Horlacher and Ryan Blackstock each ran for TDs. Kinnick’s Tyree Hunt ran back the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, and Cameron Butts converted a 32-yard pass into a score.