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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – Cristian Rivera seems as much at home catching touchdown passes as he does throwing them.

The senior quarterback threw two TD passes to Richard Allen and caught a 70-yarder for a score on a gadget play as Kubasaki made homecoming a joyous won, beating the Singapore Falcons 33-0 Saturday at Mike Petty Stadium.

Despite the one-sided outcome, which improved the Dragons to 5-1, Singapore “played tough, physical football with spirit and determination,” Kubasaki coach Fred Bales said.

“It’s the type of game we needed” going into the Far East Division I semifinals Saturday against Seoul American at 2 p.m. at Mike Petty.

The Falcons are an all-star collection of players under the umbrella of the Singapore American Community Action Council, sort of a civilian form of MWR or Army Community Services or Air Force force support.

Singapore’s American Football League features two to three teams per season, the cream of which form the Falcons All-Stars annually with two weeks’ practice for inter-area competition. This year, the league suited up the Oilers and Vikings senior teams.

Singapore had “several long drives,” Bales said, but it was clear the team hadn’t jelled after working together for two weeks.

Rivera went 12-for-19 for 91 yards, including TD passes of 47 and 26 yards to Allen. Rivera also ran five times for 48 yards.

Jarrett Mitchell was held to a season-low 68 yards on six carries, but he scored on a 3-yard run. Kareem Keith took a fumble by Rivera after a 35-yard gain and ran the remaining three yards for a touchdown. Tyshon Butler had a team-leading eight tackles.

Rivera caught a touchdown pass in last season’s D-I third-place game from teammate Jalah Patten.

The Falcons host Osan American of DODDS Korea on Friday. “They’re going to give Osan fits,” Bales said.


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