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Kadena Panthers senior running-back tandem of Shariff Coleman and Thomas McDonald, known as Speed Inc. Coleman led the Pacific with 1,148 yards and scored 14 touchdowns on 110 carries, while McDonald led the team with 19 touchdowns and had 1,033 yards on 99 carries this season. The two have combined for 4,018 yards and 69 carries the last two seasons for two-time defending Far East Division I champion Kadena.
Kadena Panthers senior running-back tandem of Shariff Coleman and Thomas McDonald, known as Speed Inc. Coleman led the Pacific with 1,148 yards and scored 14 touchdowns on 110 carries, while McDonald led the team with 19 touchdowns and had 1,033 yards on 99 carries this season. The two have combined for 4,018 yards and 69 carries the last two seasons for two-time defending Far East Division I champion Kadena. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Kadena Panthers senior running-back tandem of Shariff Coleman and Thomas McDonald, known as Speed Inc. Coleman led the Pacific with 1,148 yards and scored 14 touchdowns on 110 carries, while McDonald led the team with 19 touchdowns and had 1,033 yards on 99 carries this season. The two have combined for 4,018 yards and 69 carries the last two seasons for two-time defending Far East Division I champion Kadena.
Kadena Panthers senior running-back tandem of Shariff Coleman and Thomas McDonald, known as Speed Inc. Coleman led the Pacific with 1,148 yards and scored 14 touchdowns on 110 carries, while McDonald led the team with 19 touchdowns and had 1,033 yards on 99 carries this season. The two have combined for 4,018 yards and 69 carries the last two seasons for two-time defending Far East Division I champion Kadena. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Kadena Panthers football players celebrate with the banner after Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years.
Kadena Panthers football players celebrate with the banner after Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Kadena Panthers football players celebrate with the banner after Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years.
Kadena Panthers football players celebrate with the banner after Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Free safety Myles Andrews and the Yokota Panthers defense saw a lot of Kadena Panthers running back Shariff Coleman's backside during most of Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Coleman ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries as Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years.
Free safety Myles Andrews and the Yokota Panthers defense saw a lot of Kadena Panthers running back Shariff Coleman's backside during most of Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Coleman ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries as Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Yokota Panthers quarterback Myles Andrews is hit by Kadena Panthers defender Moises Charles just as he releases the ball during Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years.
Yokota Panthers quarterback Myles Andrews is hit by Kadena Panthers defender Moises Charles just as he releases the ball during Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Yokota Panthers running back Devin Day leans over the goal line through the tackle of Kadena Panthers defender James Nollie during Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Day ran for three touchdowns, but Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years.
Yokota Panthers running back Devin Day leans over the goal line through the tackle of Kadena Panthers defender James Nollie during Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Day ran for three touchdowns, but Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Yokota Panthers running back Devin Day tries to burrow his way through several Kadena Panthers defenders, including Thomas McDonald, left, and Lotty Smith, right, during Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years.
Yokota Panthers running back Devin Day tries to burrow his way through several Kadena Panthers defenders, including Thomas McDonald, left, and Lotty Smith, right, during Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Kadena Panthers running back Thomas McDonald, left, looks to run past Yokota Panthers defensive back Stanley Speed during Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. McDonald scored on the play and on two more rushing attempts as Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years.
Kadena Panthers running back Thomas McDonald, left, looks to run past Yokota Panthers defensive back Stanley Speed during Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. McDonald scored on the play and on two more rushing attempts as Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Kadena Air Base's 18th Wing commanding officer Brig. Gen. Ken Wilsbach gives a pep talk to the Kadena Panthers football team prior to Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years.
Kadena Air Base's 18th Wing commanding officer Brig. Gen. Ken Wilsbach gives a pep talk to the Kadena Panthers football team prior to Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Kadena High School's junior Reserve Officer Training Corps color guard posts the colors prior to Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years.
Kadena High School's junior Reserve Officer Training Corps color guard posts the colors prior to Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Kadena Air Base's 18th Wing commanding officer Brig. Gen. Ken Wilsbach gives a pep talk to the Kadena Panthers football team prior to Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years.
Kadena Air Base's 18th Wing commanding officer Brig. Gen. Ken Wilsbach gives a pep talk to the Kadena Panthers football team prior to Friday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, for its second straight title and third in four years. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Yokota Panthers receiver Christian Nemoca watches a pass go just out of his reach against Kadena Panthers cornerback Tim Johnson during Friday's Far East Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, winning its second straight Division I title and third in four years.
Yokota Panthers receiver Christian Nemoca watches a pass go just out of his reach against Kadena Panthers cornerback Tim Johnson during Friday's Far East Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, winning its second straight Division I title and third in four years. (Makayla Palazzo/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Yokota Panthers quarterback Myles Andrews looks for a receiver as Kadena Panthers defender Moises Charles gives chase during Friday's Far East Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, winning its second straight Division I title and third in four years.
Yokota Panthers quarterback Myles Andrews looks for a receiver as Kadena Panthers defender Moises Charles gives chase during Friday's Far East Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, winning its second straight Division I title and third in four years. (Makayla Palazzo/Special to Stars and Stripes)
When it rains, it pours. Yokota Panthers receiver Christian Nemoca has a pass slip through his fingers against the Kadena Panthers during Friday's Far East Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, winning its second straight Division I title and third in four years.
When it rains, it pours. Yokota Panthers receiver Christian Nemoca has a pass slip through his fingers against the Kadena Panthers during Friday's Far East Division I football championship game at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Kadena routed Yokota, 50-23, winning its second straight Division I title and third in four years. (Makayla Palazzo/Special to Stars and Stripes)

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – Kadena’s running-back tandem known as Speed Inc. exited Pacific high school football in style Friday.

Senior speedsters Shariff Coleman and Thomas McDonald teamed for 285 yards and five touchdowns on just 16 carries and Kadena got three touchdowns in the first 6 minutes, 48 seconds en route to a 50-23 thumping of Yokota and its third Far East Division I football title in four years. The second half was played with a running clock.

“We’ve had a lot of great backs, but those guys are the best backs we’ve ever had, no doubt about it,” coach Sergio Mendoza of Kadena of his star backs. “Talent, work ethic, dedication and belief in commitment to our program. It’s been amazing.

En route to a 9-0 mark and outscoring foes 387-87, Kadena got a Pacific-best 1,148 yards – 4 yards shy of the Okinawa record – and 14 touchdowns on 110 carries from Coleman and 1,033 yards and 19 TDs on 99 carries from McDonald. The two have combined for 4,018 yards and 69 touchdowns the past two championship seasons.

The two backs each deflected credit to their offensive line. “They’ve worked hard all season; I thank them after every game. I praise them,” Coleman said.

“The name ‘Speed Inc.’ could not have been created without that line,” McDonald added.

Coach Tim Pujol of Yokota agreed that Kadena’s line play was vital to its success. “They won the line of scrimmage clearly,” he said. “And once those guys get into the open field, there’s just not a lot you can do. We hoped to contain them at or near the line and it didn’t happen.”

McDonald had 102 yards on nine carries. He scored on his first three carries, two of which went for 10 and 20 yards, to put Kadena ahead, 14-0. Josh Dyer returned an interception 19 yards and Kadena led after one quarter, 20-0.

Yokota (8-2) used a 19-play, 80-yard drive over eight minutes to cut it to 20-7 on Devin Day’s 1-yard run.

But promptly, Coleman took the next carry 63 yards for a touchdown. Then after Yokota went three and out, McDonald ran 41 yards on the next play to make it 36-7. Coleman’s 36-yard TD gave Kadena a 43-7 halftime lead. Lotty Smith’s 1-yard third-quarter sneak capped Kadena’s scoring.

In the waning moments, Day and Yokota made it respectable, as the senior back who ended his season with 1,133 yards and a Pacific-leading 23 touchdowns on 201 carries, scored twice to cut the gap to 27 points.

It was Day’s running that Kadena was able to shut down early to build a lead. “We were able to control their offense, which is always so dangerous and disciplined,” Mendoza said. “We were able to restrain them and restrain them well.”

That a steady northeasterly wind shortened two early Yokota punts and gave Kadena short fields didn’t help matters.

“Gabe (Huizar) was kicking into a pretty strong wind,” Pujol said. “We gave them some short fields, but we also had some breakdowns on defense. But you have to give them credit. Now, we start making the depth charts for the 2011 season.”

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Dave Ornauer has been employed by or assigned to Stars and Stripes Pacific almost continuously since March 5, 1981. He served 10½ years in the Air Force, the last 4½ assigned to Stripes in Tokyo, and was then hired by Stripes on Oct. 25, 1985. He covers interservice and high school sports at DODEA-Pacific schools and manages Pacific Storm Tracker.
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