MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan – Hayden Jardine accounted for 277 yards total offense and four touchdowns in his return to the lineup after a week’s absence as American School In Japan raced ahead by 34 points Friday, then held on to beat Robert D. Edgren, 40-20, at Edgren’s Eagles Field.
Jardine was in the States attending his grandmother’s funeral, and missed ASIJ’s 14-0 loss Sept. 24 at Nile C. Kinnick. The Mustangs (3-2) got their third win in four tries, while the Eagles stayed winless in six. Part of the second half was played with a running clock.
The win came despite monster performances by Eagles return specialist Matt Linder (213 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 returns) and Edgren’s third quarterback this season, James Ervin, who ran 17 times for 104 yards and was 3-for-6 passing for 49 yards.
“Great game, terrible ending,” Eagles first-year varsity coach Michael Gros said.
Jardine went 9-for-17 for 235 yards, including TD passes of 27 and 33 yards to Andrew Stern and 25 yards to Cody Hadden. Stern finished with four catches for 90 yards.
Jardine also ran for 42 yards and a score on five carries, Nathan Kwon had 67 yards and a TD on 16 carries and Fred Gustafsson 67 yards on 15 carries. Henry Wallrapp had two sacks and a fumble recovery for ASIJ.
“They had some great passes. Our corners just got beat,” Gros said.
ASIJ’s Ken Yajima, who had 56 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, was “all over the place. He was a beast,” Gros said.
Sean Gammel ran for a 1-yard touchdown, Julian Crawford had 48 yards and a score on three carries, Xavier Major had nine tackles, two interceptions and 34 yards on 10 carries, Louis Murphy had the other pick and Edgren’s defensive line recorded 10 tackles for losses.