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Zama American running back Mitchell Harrison looks for running room against American School In Japan  defense during Friday's Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools football game in Tokyo. ASIJ came back from a 19-7 deficit to win 20-19.
Zama American running back Mitchell Harrison looks for running room against American School In Japan defense during Friday's Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools football game in Tokyo. ASIJ came back from a 19-7 deficit to win 20-19. (Hannah May Greer Hicks/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Zama American running back Mitchell Harrison looks for running room against American School In Japan  defense during Friday's Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools football game in Tokyo. ASIJ came back from a 19-7 deficit to win 20-19.
Zama American running back Mitchell Harrison looks for running room against American School In Japan defense during Friday's Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools football game in Tokyo. ASIJ came back from a 19-7 deficit to win 20-19. (Hannah May Greer Hicks/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Zama American receiver David Coleman leaps for a pass against American School In Japan defender Ken Yajima during Friday's Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools football game in Tokyo. The pass went incomplete. ASIJ came back from a 19-7 deficit to win 20-19.
Zama American receiver David Coleman leaps for a pass against American School In Japan defender Ken Yajima during Friday's Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools football game in Tokyo. The pass went incomplete. ASIJ came back from a 19-7 deficit to win 20-19. (Hannah May Greer Hicks/Special to Stars and Stripes)
American School In Japan receiver Drogin James, right, catches a touchdown pass out of reach of Zama American defender Holden Limas during Friday's Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools football game in Tokyo. ASIJ came from behind 19-7 to win 20-19.
American School In Japan receiver Drogin James, right, catches a touchdown pass out of reach of Zama American defender Holden Limas during Friday's Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools football game in Tokyo. ASIJ came from behind 19-7 to win 20-19. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Zama American defender Mitchell Harrison wrestles down American School In Japan ball carrier Ken Yajima during Friday's Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools football game in Tokyo. ASIJ came from behind 19-7 to win 20-19.
Zama American defender Mitchell Harrison wrestles down American School In Japan ball carrier Ken Yajima during Friday's Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools football game in Tokyo. ASIJ came from behind 19-7 to win 20-19. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Zama American ball carrier Andre Encarnacion tries to avoid American School In Japan Mustangs Max Linder, left, and Wills Wallrapp during Friday's Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools football game in Tokyo. ASIJ came from behind 19-7 to win 20-19.
Zama American ball carrier Andre Encarnacion tries to avoid American School In Japan Mustangs Max Linder, left, and Wills Wallrapp during Friday's Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools football game in Tokyo. ASIJ came from behind 19-7 to win 20-19. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
American School In Japan ball carrier Ken Yajima is brought down by Zama American defender Kalob Gunn during Friday's Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools football game in Tokyo. ASIJ came from behind 19-7 to win 20-19.
American School In Japan ball carrier Ken Yajima is brought down by Zama American defender Kalob Gunn during Friday's Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools football game in Tokyo. ASIJ came from behind 19-7 to win 20-19. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

TOKYO – Perhaps the smallest Mustang of all kept making big play after big play Friday in American School In Japan’s football season finale, a 20-19 come-from-behind victory over Zama American.

Drogin James, just 5-foot-6, caught two touchdown passes, snagged a critical fourth-down pass to set up ASIJ’s game-tying touchdown and game-winning extra point and intercepted a pass to kill the Trojans’ last-ditch drive.

“He’s been doing that all year,” longtime ASIJ defensive coordinator John Seevers said.

“He’s a great leader, one of our most coachable kids,” offensive coordinator Craig Karnitz said. “He’s done a great job all around.”

ASIJ finished the season 6-3, including three straight wins following a two-game slide. Zama fell to 5-5, a week before the Trojans host Robert D. Edgren for the Far East Division II title.

Both of James’ touchdown catches came on a play called Z Corner, on which James lines up as a slot receiver, then cuts to the left corner of the end zone. On each play, James had a step on Zama’s cornerbacks.

“We’ve worked on that a lot and it sure came in handy today,” James said. “It feels great. A big team win. To lose two games in a row, then come back and finish 6-3, a big win for us.”

The win spoiled a 112-yard, three-touchdown performance by Zama’s Andre Encarnacion, who now leads the Pacific with 16 touchdowns. The one-point loss was a far cry from ASIJ’s 24-8 win Sept. 18 at Zama.

“We’ve gotten progressively better each week,” Trojans coach Steven Merrell said. “We made some mistakes, but we held our own. We had the ability to win this game. We had to get ready for (Edgren) and this was a good test for that.”

Encarnacion broke a scoreless tie just before halftime with a 49-yard touchdown run. ASIJ responded quickly with a David Hernandez 19-yard TD pass to James.

The Trojans then converted a pair of ASIJ turnovers into touchdown runs of 1 and 3 yards by Encarnacion, only to watch the Mustangs answer the call again, starting with James’ 8-yard TD pass from Hernandez.

Takuma Riordan then recovered a Zama fumble, and ASIJ put together a 12-play, 54-yard drive in just under four minutes, capped by Henry Wallrapp’s 2-yard TD run, five plays after James kept the drive alive with a 27-yard catch on fourth down. Riordan’s extra-point gave ASIJ the lead for good, then James’ interception iced it.

Hernandez was 9-for-18 for 135 yards. James caught six passes for 96 yards. Ken Yajima rushed 19 times for 94 yards for the Mustangs. For Zama, RayVaughn King intercepted two ASIJ passes.

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