When the going got tight for the Seoul American Falcons on Saturday at Osan American, Marque Snow delivered.
Snow, a senior fullback and nose guard, contributed a dozen tackles and two touchdown runs to help propel the Falcons past the Cougars 29-12 in the opener of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Korea season.
The Falcons extended their winning streak to 21 games.
The Guam High Panthers, desperate for a victory, got a solid running performance from Ashton Adams, who keyed a clock-killing ground attack while the defense provided the game’s only points in a 2-0 shutout of Southern at Naval Station.
And the American School In Japan improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 2001 season by whipping Robert D. Edgren 27-7 at Misawa Air Base. The victory in the non-league contest gave ASIJ the best record in Japan, a half-game better than six-time champion Yokota.
Seoul American 29, Osan American 12Snow helped break open a game tied 6-6 at halftime with a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and a 30-year TD run in the fourth at Osan Air Base, South Korea. He finished with 68 yards on 10 carries, recovered a fumble and recorded a team-high 12 tackles.
Calvin Lasane added 109 yards and a 32-yard first-quarter TD run on 16 carries, David Small recorded 188 all-purpose yards and a 5-yard third-quarter touchdown run, Daniel Cain added 12 tackles and Charles Jones eight.
Seoul American was also flagged for 19 penalties for 223 yards, three of which wiped out touchdowns.
“I knew there would be a lot of penalties but not that many,” Seoul coach Julian Harden said. “But we’re a young team. It’s going to be like that. It was a start. This gave us an idea of where we are and what to expect.”
The Cougars tied it 6-6 on quarterback Shawn Shoults’ 1-yard sneak in the second quarter and cut the final margin to 17 points on Tae Benson’s 85-yard kick return for a touchdown.
“It was a learning experience for us,” said Osan coach Tony Alvarado. “We were weak on offense.”
Guam High 2, Southern 0At Naval Station, Guam, homecoming became a joyous one for the Panthers after getting they got the only points of the game in the fourth quarter, courtesy of a bad punt snap that sailed over the head of Dolphins punter Corey Roberto and out of the end zone.
The Panthers then turned to Ashton, who ran 11 times for 59 yards and helped kill the clock with two fake punts; he ran for 13 yards for a first down on one and threw a 16-yard pass to Chris Hoyle on the other. Hoyle finished with 40 yards on four catches.
“We stepped it up defensively,” coach Tom Hildreth said of a unit led by Zach Tyminski’s nine tackles.
“But … we’re really struggling with our offense, trying to get these guys going.”
Sophomore quarterback Cameron Yecki also played big for the Panthers, going 6-for-7 for 42 yards and running 14 times for 53 yards, mostly up the middle.
It was a game of missed opportunities for both sides. Guam High lost four fumbles, one inside the Southern 1-yard line in the fourth quarter, while penalties wiped out two Dolphins touchdowns.
American School In Japan 27, Robert D. Edgren 7At Misawa Air Base, Japan, Shawn Seevers proved to be a huge thorn in the side of the Eagles (1-2).
The Mustangs senior quarterback accounted for all four touchdowns, giving him seven for the season. Three of them came on bootleg runs of 40, 15 and 20 yards. He passed 30 yards to Ben Carr for the other score.
“He’s got great speed and we just couldn’t contain him,” said Edgren coach Jim Burgeson, whose only points came on a 7-yard run by Jacques Moton on the game’s first possession.
Having beaten Zama American, Nile C. Kinnick and Edgren by a combined 78-13, Seevers feels ASIJ can be competitive against Yokota, six-time defending Japan Football League and Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools champion.
“We have a shot at them,” said Seevers, whose Mustangs host Yokota on Oct. 15. “We’ve been playing really well this season.”
“They’re a well-coached, solid team,” Burgeson said. “Yokota better not take them lightly.”