Kinser Knights thrash Ryukyu for first win
Stars and Stripes October 19, 2004
CAMP COURTNEY, Okinawa — John Hooks ran for a pair of short-yardage touchdowns and blocked a punt, then fell on the ball in the end zone for a score, as the Kinser Knights broke into the Okinawa Football League win column Sunday, shutting out Ryukyu University 60-0.
The Knights pounded the outmanned, out-sized lone Japanese entry in the league for 358 yards on 44 carries with seven rushing touchdowns, held Ryudai without a first down and to minus-52 yards of offense.
It’s the sort of games that coaches don’t like to play, Kinser’s John Glaister said, because they’re caught between not wanting to run up the score, but not having their players go half-speed and possibly risk injury.
“We had to make sure we kept it nice and conservative, running just basic plays,” said Glaister, whose Knights ran 83 percent rushing plays and only nine passes.
Unlike the Knights’ 28-6 season-opening loss to Foster-Futenma on Oct. 3, “our execution was 100 percent better,” Glaister said. “That was the key, execution. It was the biggest difference between the two games.”
In vaulting from sharing the league basement with Ryudai to third place behind league co-leaders Kadena and Foster-Futenma, Kinser scored on eight of its 11 possessions. Kinser now is 1-1; Kadena and Foster-Futenma both are 2-0.
Deonte Harper led the rushing attack with 147 yards on 10 carries, including a 50-yard scoring scamper to cap an 81-yard, 11-play second-half opening drive that covered 6 minutes, 50 seconds.
Quarterback Carl Stevens ran eight times for 54 yards and two touchdowns, Jesse Monk added 82 yards and a TD on 12 carries, Hooks carried five times for 19 yards and Kevin Evans contributed 26 yards and a touchdown in five rushing attempts.
Hooks blocked a Ryudai punt attempt at the Stingray’s 19-yard line and fell on it just before it rolled out of the end zone. The Knights converted six of eight two-point conversion attempts.