Yokota PanthersYokota Air Base, Japan
2009 season record-6-4, .600, 226 points for, 200 points against; 5-1 Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Japan League, .833, 191 points for, 71 points against, second in JFL; 3-3 Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools, .500, 137 points for, 144 points against, third in KPASS. Lost DODDS-Pacific Far East Class AA semifinal 55-6 to Kadena on Nov. 9, won third-place game 24-7 over Guam High on Nov. 14 at Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa.Head coach-Tim Pujol, 12th season, overall record 91-16, 10 JFL and Kanto titles, five Rising Sun Bowl championships.Base offense-Multiple, wishbone, power I, I.Base defense-5-2, 4-3.Returning players-12.Returning starters-8.Key returners-Myles Andrews, Sr., QB-S; Jesse Hogan, So., OL-DL; Tyler Crandell, Jr., OL-LB; Gabe Huizar, Sr., OL-LB; Devin Day, Sr., RB-CB; Jordan Herrera, Sr., TE-LB; Stanley Speed, So., QB-RB-DB; Josh Chamberlain, Sr., RB-LB.Strengths-Veterans in key spots who’ve spent two to three years in the program, understand schemes on both sides of the ball. Solid kicking game in Huizar.Drawbacks-Lack of sure-handed wide receiver in the Riki Byrnes/Caiveon Thomas/Corie White mold, overall depth.Overview-Always contending. Much participation in off-season summer workouts and conditioning program, esprit de corps and confidence level much higher than last season. Solid, experienced line with running backs who can do some damage.
Robert D. Edgren EaglesMisawa Air Base, Japan
2009 season record-3-5 overall, .375, 143 points for, 158 points against; 2-4 JFL, 128 points for, 135 points against; third in JFL.Coach-Michael Gros, first season (has been junior varsity coach last two seasons).Base offense-Pro.Base defense-4-3.Returning players-9 (plus 8 move-ups from junior varsity).Returning starters-8.Key returners-Trevor Johnson, Sr., OL; Zach Davis, Sr., QB; Sayer Austin, Sr., FB-DE; Xavier Major, Sr., CB-WR; Lonnie Minton, Sr., OL-LB; Matt Linder, Sr., WR-LB; Jack Koch, Sr., TE-DE.Key newcomers—Malcom Mack, Jr., WR; Julian Crawford, Jr., RB; Keaton Lewis, Jr., LB-OL.Strength-Defense, particularly stuffing the run.Drawbacks-Lack of overall depth.Overview-Reloading, bouncing back from a sub-par season after winning Division II titles three straight seasons starting in 2006.
Nile C. Kinnick Red DevilsYokosuka Naval Base, Japan
2009 season record-1-8, .111, 108 points for, 349 points against; 0-6 JFL, .000, 68 points for, 235 points against; 0-6 Kanto Plain, .000, 74 points for, 259 points against; fourth in JFL and Kanto.Coach-Daniel Joley, first season.Base offense-Power.Base defense-4-3, 4-4.Returning players-5.Returning starters-5.Key returners-David de los Santos, Sr., OL-DL; Aldrin Racelis, Jr., G-LB: Anthony Smith, Sr., OT-DT; Richard Villareal, Jr., FB-LB; John Allen, Sr., TE-QB.Key newcomers-Dustin Kimbrell, Jr., CB-RB; Alex Kimbrell, Sr., FS-WR; Quinton Holden, So., QB.Strengths—Depth in backfield, strong tight ends.Drawbacks-Breaking in another new quarterback, few returning offensive linemen.Overview-Rebuilding. Red Devils have the bodies; they just need to jel. Smaller in size than last year, but more team speed this season. Positive attitude.
Zama American TrojansCamp Zama/Atsugi Naval Air Facility, Japan
2009 season record-6-2 overall, .000, 173 points for, 134 points against; 5-1 JFL, .833, 159 points for, 106 points against; captured school-first JFL title; 4-2 Kanto Plain, .667, 121 points for, 103 points against; second in Kanto Plain. Won school-first Far East Division II championship 46-38 on Nov. 7 at Daegu American.Coach-Steven Merrell, fourth season, overall record 11-13, .458.Base offense-Wing-T.Base defense-4-3.Returning players-3.Returning starters-3.Key returning players—Michael Spencer, Sr., FB-LB (1,154 yards, 12 touchdowns, 172 carries); Roland Cote, Jr., OL-DL; Matt Cole, Sr., QB-DB.Key newcomer—Mitchell Harrison, So., RB-LB.Strengths-Spencer, Cote and Cole are the keys, bringing valued experienced to the table.Drawbacks-Lack of depth, experience.Overview-Rebuilding, though with Spencer in the lineup, Trojans are a threat to win any game. Still, replacing departed linemen John Iredale, Ken Schulteis, Tevin Johnson and Lee Spurling will be a monumental task, particularly on offense.
American School In Japan MustangsTokyo
2009 season record—7-2 overall, 278 points for, 76 points against; 5-1 Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools, first outright Kanto championship since 1983.Head coach—Craig Karnitz, John Seevers.Base offense—Wing-T.Base defense—4-2.Returning players—14.Returning starters—4.Key performers—Hayden Jardine, Jr., QB (46-for-91, 1,048 yards, 14 touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown); Andrew Stern, Sr., RB; Joey Ferrero, Sr., RB; Sam Hopkins, Jr., DE; Nathan Lorenz, Jr., DE; Leo Benes, Sr., L; Nathan Kwon, Sr., FB-LB.Strengths—Plenty of experience, depth despite few returning starters. Solid line, diverse skills-positions play.Drawbacks—Replacing departed receivers Tom Jardine (473 yards, 6 touchdowns, 25 catches) and Chris Kleindl (260 total yards, 3 touchdowns, 4 interceptions), the all around play of Hamish Denham and star RB-MLB Alex Busam (1,021 total yards, 16 touchdowns).Overview—Contending. Despite the dearth of starting veterans, Karnitz and Seevers might not have to do much to plug in the holes. Should that happen quickly – and should the H1N1 flu bug that cost ASIJ its only two losses not revisit Mustang Valley – a school-first Kanto repeat might very well be in the conversation.