A lack of air or ground transportation caused five-time defending champion Yokosuka to pull out of Saturday’s scheduled U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League makeup game against Misawa at Misawa Air Base.

The game, originally scheduled for July 2 but postponed due to a lack of officials, will not be rescheduled, commissioner Kyle Rhodus said.

“The season cannot be pushed back any further. We would run into issues with military training and high school football, as well as transportation,” Rhodus said in an e-mail to league coaches announcing the cancellation.

The game will be listed as a “no-contest,” Rhodus said, leaving Misawa and Yokosuka with only five regular-season games. According to league bylaws, each team may ask out of a scheduled game once if it is because of duty commitments, weather or transportation problems.

The contest was the first USFJ-AFL game canceled since the 2003 season. In 2004, all 12 regular-season and three playoff games were played as scheduled. This season, three games have had to be postponed or canceled.

That leaves only one regular-season game to be played: first-place Yokota (5-0) at second-place Misawa (3-1). That contest will determine the top two seeds in the playoffs, scheduled to begin Aug. 20.

Yokota, which beat Misawa 12-2 on June 25 at Atsugi Naval Air Facility, needs only to beat the Marauders or lose by nine or fewer points to seal the regular-season title and its first USFJ championship since winning the league in 1994.

Misawa must beat Yokota by 11 or more points to clinch the regular-season title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The championship game is scheduled for Aug. 27 at the site of the higher remaining seed.

“Either way, Misawa and Yokota are guaranteed home playoff games for the first round,” Rhodus said.

Yokosuka finished the regular season at 2-3, the first time the Seahawks have not won the regular-season title since 2000. The Atsugi White Dolphins (0-6), who have lost 13 straight games, finished last.

USFJ-AFL standings

USFJ-AFL standings

W L Pct. PF PA

Yokota 5 0 1.000 109 27

Misawa 3 1 .750 89 18

Yokosuka 2 3 .400 54 66

Atsugi 0 6 .000 21 162

Saturday’s games

Misawa 47, Atsugi 0

Yokota 26, Yokosuka 6

Saturday, Aug. 6

Yokosuka at Misawa, ccd., transportation problems, makeup of postponed July 2 game.

Saturday, Aug. 13

Yokota at Misawa, 2 p.m.

End regular season



Saturday, Aug. 20

Atsugi at regular-season champion, time and site to be determined

Yokosuka at second-place team, time and site TBD

Torii Bowl

Saturday, Aug. 27

Semifinal winners, at site of highest remaining seed, time TBD

Playoff possibilities

Yokota Warriors: Can clinch regular-season championship and home-field advantage throughout playoffs with victory Aug. 13 over Marauders at Misawa or a loss to Misawa by nine points or fewer. Will finish second and earn right to host semifinal game Aug. 20 with loss Aug. 13 to Marauders at Misawa by 11 points or more.

Misawa Marauders: Can clinch regular-season championship and home-field advantage throughout playoffs with victory Aug. 13 by 11 points or more over Yokota Warriors at Misawa. Will clinch second place with loss or victory by nine points or fewer Aug. 13 over Yokota Warriors.

Yokosuka Seahawks: Finished in third place. Will play semifinal game Aug. 20 on road.

Atsugi White Dolphins: Finished in last place. Will play semifinal game on road Aug. 20.

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