Pacific H.S. football: Seoul rallies past Daegu, clinches share of Korea title
CAMP WALKER, South Korea — After 20 straight losses over six-plus seasons against Seoul American, it finally looked like Daegu American would crush the Falcon jinx on Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors opened the fourth period ahead 14-3 and had handcuffed the Falcons’ offense through three quarters.
But a switch in quarterbacks — the third used by Seoul American in the contest — ensured that Daegu’s dream would not materialize.
Freshman QB Mike Masolo helped the Falcons (3-0) generate two touchdowns in six minutes, passing 8 yards to Willie Brown with 2:33 left as Seoul rallied for a 16-14 triumph over the Warriors (1-2) at Camp Walker’s field-turfed Kelly Field.
"By all rights, Daegu beat us on both sides of the ball," Falcons coach Julian Harden said of a Warriors team that played what he called "inspired football" after beating Osan American the week before.
"My guys did not give up. Those last two touchdowns, they showed a lot of character. It was ugly, but we won it."
The Falcons claimed at least a share of their sixth straight league title since Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Korea took over senior football in 2003.
Daegu hasn’t beaten the Falcons since Seoul American in 2002 combined its split squads, a holdover from the old Youth Activities League that used to sponsor senior ball in Korea, into one unit.
The Warriors haven’t beaten a Yongsan Garrison-based entity since edging the Yongsan Dragons 30-24 on Nov. 14, 1999.
"It will take a while for me to recover," Daegu coach Ken Walter said. "Julian and his staff did a great job. We have no excuses. They came back and beat us."
Jon Han gave Seoul a 3-0 lead with a first-quarter field goal, but Daegu answered on Trey Griffin’s 3-yard scoring run and his 45-yard TD pass to Juwan Bullard.
Daegu rolled up 287 yards, and the defense held Seoul to just the field goal in three Falcons trips inside the Warriors’ 10-yard-line in the first half. Five turnovers in the middle two quarters didn’t help Seoul’s cause.
But injuries to key skills-position starters left Daegu short-handed for the stretch run.