Japan, Korea, Guam H.S. football: Seoul American extends streak to 20
CAMP WALKER, South Korea — Make that 20 straight victories for the Seoul American Falcons.
Kris Stadler headed a punishing rushing attack with 165 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, and Bruce Voelker ran for a TD and passed for one as the Falcons amassed 408 yards Saturday in a 29-6 season-ending victory over the Taegu American Warriors.
Seoul American completed the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Korea season unbeaten at 4-0. They haven’t lost a game since their inception as the Yongsan Falcons in 2001, when the league was run by Korea Youth Services.
In other games Saturday:
Nile C. Kinnick tuned up for Friday’s first-place Japan Football League and Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools showdown with Yokota by beating the American School In Japan 19-8.
Guam High fell into a tie for third place as the Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam regular season finished, with the Panthers falling 14-0 to Simon Sanchez in a rare night game at Naval Station.
Seoul American 29, Taegu American 6
The Falcons fell behind on the game’s first play, when Mychal McGee hit Daniel Pressley for a 68-yard touchdown, but shut down the Warriors the rest of the way.
Despite the one-sided outcome, the Falcons “still had problems controlling the ball,” coach Julian Harden said. Seoul American lost three fumbles, had two passes intercepted and had three touchdowns called back on penalties.
Making those mistakes when the Korea All-Stars host the Singapore World League All-Star Falcons in World Bowl XII at Seoul on Nov. 13 “could make the difference in the game,” Harden said. Singapore routed Korea 55-6 in World Bowl XI last Nov. 8 at Singapore American School.
Stadler fueled the Falcons’ rally with a 7-yard scoring run. Nick Morley intercepted a Warriors pass in the end zone for another touchdown, after the Warriors had stopped the Falcons with a goal-line stand.
After sitting out the first half, Voelker took over, tossing a 19-yard TD pass to Mike Goodman, then running 2 yards for another score. Voelker finished 4-for-7 for 91 yards.
James Osteen led the defense with 10 tackles, David Feliciano had an interception and a sack and broke up a potential touchdown pass, and Neil Hammitt recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass. Phillippe Anglade had an interception and Justin Lee recovered a fumble.
Taegu’s McGee went 2-for-6 for 111 yards and made 13 tackles. Kory Grammer added 19 tackles and a fumble recovery. Stephen Scott intercepted a pass and Tony Butts recovered a fumble.
Nile C. Kinnick 19, American School In Japan 8
At Tokyo, three Red Devils running backs exceeded 100 yards, with Leonard Lynce leading the way with 181 yards and a 6-yard TD run on 21 carries. Adam Krievs ran 26 yards for a score and finished with 111 yards on 16 carries, and Jarvis Williams added 116 yards on 17 attempts.
Andy Brown caught a 2-yard pass from Enrique Cuebas to open the scoring in the first quarter.
Lynce had eight tackles, Krievs added seven and Ren Jackson added five tackles and picked off a pass.
Kinnick led 19-0 until four minutes remained. Shawn Seevers fired a 65-yard touchdown pass to Rafai Eddy, then passed to Ben Carr for the two-point conversion.
Simon Sanchez 14, Guam High 0
At U.S. Naval Station, Guam, Erik Kelly ran 21 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns, the second coming on an 11-yard run with 1:26 left for the Sharks (4-2). Kelly ran 32 yards for his first touchdown in the second quarter.
Kelly’s running and two downpours put a damper on the Panthers’ offense and the mood of a Guam High homecoming crowd of more than 900 at Naval Station’s Blue Jacket Field.
Despite having the flu, Joey Chop paced the Panthers’ ground game with 15 carries for 49 yards. Jay Dickerson had seven tackles and Wade Williams added six.