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OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea – Osan American didn’t earn host rights to the Far East Division II championship game. But it did achieve a milestone victory in coach Aaron Mundy’s two seasons at the helm.

B.J. Bryant ran for four touchdowns and posted DODDS Korea’s fifth-highest single-game rushing total as the Cougars beat two-time league and reigning D-II champion Daegu American 35-25 on Friday at Osan’s Cougars Field.

Osan needed to beat Daegu by 27 or more points to secure host rights to the D-II title game, which will be hosted by the Warriors against 2009 champion Zama American on Nov. 5. Daegu shut out Osan 26-0 in their first meeting on Sept. 30.

Despite that, “It feels wonderful,” Mundy said. His Cougars had gone 0-10 and had been outscored 391-90 since Mundy took over at the start of the 2010 campaign. Osan (1-4 this season) last won on Oct. 24, 2009, at home 28-26 over the same Warriors.

“It’s a building process. You can relate football a lot to life so much. All season, we’ve preached attention to small details. Tonight, the kids bought into it, turned small details into big plays and big plays turned into the big win.”

Osan’s victory also sewed up the first DODDS Korea championship since 2008 for Seoul American.

Bryant, who ran 21 times for 305 yards, scored three times on runs of 60 yards or longer. Mundy credited his small offensive line (averaging 165 pounds): freshmen Anthony Mitchell and James Brewer, sophomore Patrick McGee and seniors Justin Beck and Quincy Dewey.

“They’re small in body, but big in heart,” Mundy sayd. “Daegu is a much bigger team than we are, 40 to 50 pounds larger. We fought until the very last whistle. And Bryant was the horse we rode.”

Jacob Ives had the other touchdown for Osan, which overcame a season-best 423-yard offensive performance by the Warriors.

“We gave up one-play touchdowns, which we just can’t do in the championship,” said coach Ken Walter of the Warriors (1-4).

Lee Wright ran 24 times for 229 yards and two touchdowns, Romar Banzon added an 8-yard TD run and finished with 63 yards on seven carries, and Ronald McLean took a quarterback keeper 23 yards for a score and totaled 48 yards on six carries. Darius Wyche added 79 yards on nine attempts.

“You don’t want to get to (the D-II) championship game that way,” Walter said. “Osan came out supercharged, they had a good game plan, good execution; they just outplayed us.”

It was a sort of turnabout from 2008, the last time Osan reached the D-II title game, it was done with a deliberate ground-pounding attack, compared to the Warriors’ spread set. “Total role reversal,” Walter said. “It’s the first time our defense played poorly all year.”

Daegu next hosts Seoul American at Kelly Field at 6 p.m. Friday. Osan wraps up its season with a trip to Singapore to play the Falcons All-Star team on Oct. 28.

Four of the five top-five rushing performances in DODDS Korea history were by Osan running backs: Bryant; Terry Stephens, 343 yards on Oct. 30, 2004; Stephens, 327 yards on Oct. 2, 2004; and Bryan Clary, 320 yards on Nov. 10, 2001.

David Smalls of Seoul American holds the league and Pacific mark with 421 yards on Oct. 4, 2006.


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