YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – Dan Joley couldn’t help but be impressed.
“I was glad to have a front-row ticket to the ‘Hayden Jardine Show,’” the Nile C. Kinnick’s coach said of American School In Japan quarterback-free safety Hayden Jardine, who picked off three Red Devils passes and ran 70 yards for a touchdown in his senior swan-song game.
The Mustangs routed Kinnick 41-7, spoiling the Red Devils’ homecoming in the Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools season finale.
“He’s quite a player. He’s been a one-man wrecking crew in the two games we played them,” Joley said of Jardine.
ASIJ finished 7-1, clinching a share of the league title with Yokota. With a 19-6 mark the past three years plus the outright Kanto title in 2009, the Mustangs closed their best three-year run in school history.
“We’ve had a great bunch of kids, great leadership, great coaching and good support from the school,” longtime Mustangs coach John Seevers said. “We’ve had a lot of things going for us.”
Kinnick closed out 3-6. Dustin Kimbrell rushed 17 times for 141 yards en route to 201 all-purpose yards. Dustin Wilson was 11-for-23 for 140 yards but was victimized by five interceptions. Akish Davis caught three passes for 76 yards and Quinton Holden caught a 13-yard TD pass from Wilson for the Red Devils’ only score.
For ASIJ, Jardine finished 6-for-13 for 108 yards passing. In addition to the three interceptions, one of which set up his 70-yard scoring romp, he recovered a fumble.
Ken Yajima ran eight times for 82 yards and two touchdowns and Zac Oshima added 62 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Henry Wallrapp recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score and had one sack. Sam Olson intercepted two Kinnick passes.
In addition to Jardine departing, the Mustangs lose 19 other seniors to graduation, but Seevers seemed optimistic about the 2012 campaign. “We’ll keep battling. We have a great JV program. We’re looking forward to next season. We’ll be fine,” he said.