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David Smalls made Pacific high school football history as his Seoul American Falcons avenged an early-season loss to Osan American, reclaiming first place in the DODDS-Korea Football League on Wednesday.

The senior shattered the Pacific record for rushing yards in a game, amassing 421 on 29 carries and scoring eight touchdowns as the Falcons broke away in the second half of a 58-32 victory over Osan at Cougars Field.

Smalls, who also recorded eight tackles at cornerback, “played a phenomenal game,” Falcons coach Julian Harden said. “If you had asked me a week ago, I’d have told you he’s one of the best running backs, but if you ask me today, I say without a doubt he’s the best in the Pacific.”

Last season, his first in the Falcons’ program, Smalls showed solid ability as a defensive back but Harden also wanted to utilize his speed at running back in tandem with fullback Calvin Lesane.

“He has the speed to cut around people but last year he was running through and over folks; this year, he’s running around them,” Harden said of Smalls, who with three games left has rushed for 940 yards, second best in the Pacific, and scored 13 touchdowns on 66 carries.

“That guy had the game of his life,” Cougars coach Tony Alvarado said. “We made adjustments, we ran stunts at them” but “could not stop him. … Incredible.”

Smalls broke the game record of 384 yards on 28 carries set in 2001 by Air Force dependent Corey Dunlap-Buckmon, playing for the Simon Sanchez Sharks of Guam. Smalls also topped the DODDS-Korea game record of 343 yards set by Terry Stephens of Osan American in 2004.

The rare weekday game, played Wednesday to avoid conflict with traffic during this weekend’s Chusok holiday, remained close throughout the first half and early part of the third quarter, when Osan went ahead 32-24.

Then the Falcons marched downfield on what Harden called a “phenomenal drive,” with Smalls running right, left and up the middle, capping the march with a 5-yard run with 4:54 left in the third. Osan lost its top player Carlos Albaladejo to injury on that drive.

“That was the turning point that helped us pull away,” Harden said.

Smalls also scored on runs of 20 yards in the first quarter, 43 and 73 in the second, 8 in the third, two 15-yard runs and a 6-yard burst in the final period.

“The thing that helped us most was the ability of our offensive line to control their defense,” Harden said.

Albaladejo paced the Cougars with 101 yards on seven carries, including a 68-yard touchdown burst. Will Raposa ran 11 times for 99 yards and a 38-yard touchdown, and added an 82-yard kick-return touchdown. Abel May scored from 2 yards out and finished with 54 yards on seven carries, and Patrick Thompson had Osan’s other TD, a 1-yard run.

The Falcons gained vengeance for their 35-23 loss to the Cougars at Seoul American on Sept. 16.

“I love … that we now have parity between Osan and Seoul,” Harden said.

Said Alvarado: “It’s a battle between these teams now.”

Standings, scores and schedules

South Korea

W L Pct. PF PA

Seoul American 3 1 .750 140 93

Osan American 2 1 .667 101 81

Taegu American 0 3 .000 26 93

Wednesday’s game

Seoul American 58, Osan American 32

Saturday, Oct. 14

Taegu American at Osan American, 2 p.m.

Japan

DODDS-Japan Football League

W L Pct. PF PA

Yokota 3 0 1.000 80 32

Nile C. Kinnick 2 2 .500 82 68

Zama American 1 2 .333 28 55

Robert D. Edgren 1 3 .250 52 87

Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools

W L Pct. PF PA

Yokota 3 0 1.000 98 25

Nile C. Kinnick 2 1 .667 62 43

Zama American 0 2 .000 21 49

American School In Japan 0 2 .000 14 78

Friday’s games

ASIJ at Yokota, 7 p.m.

Zama at Edgren, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13

Kinnick at Yokota, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14

Zama at ASIJ, 1 p.m.

Okinawa

W L Pct. PF PA

Kadena 0 0 .000 0 0

Kubasaki 0 0 .000 0 0

Friday, Oct. 13

Kubasaki vs. Kadena at McDonald Stadium, Risner Fitness & Sports Complex, Kadena Air Base, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 20

Kadena at Kubasaki, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27

Kubasaki vs. Kadena at McDonald Stadium, 7 p.m. (if necessary)

Guam

W L Pct. PF PA

George Washington 4 0 1.000 194 19

Father Duenas Memorial 3 1 .750 109 35

Simon Sanchez 2 2 .500 55 94

Guam High 2 2 .500 56 93

John F. Kennedy 1 3 .250 42 100

Southern 0 4 .000 20 135

Friday’s game

Father Duenas at Geo. Washington, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

John F. Kennedy vs. Guam High at Naval Station “Big Navy,” 3 p.m.

Southern vs. Simon Sanchez at Ramsey Field, John F. Kennedy H.S., Upper Tumon, 7 p.m.

End regular season

Postseason

Quarterfinals

Friday, Oct. 13

Game 1-Fifth-place team at fourth-place team, time and site to be determined.

Saturday, Oct. 14

Game 2-Sixth-place team at third-place team, time and site TBD.

The Top Ten

The Top Ten teams in the Stars and Stripes’ 2006 Far East high school football ratings, with records through Sept. 30, points and last week’s rating, as compiled by Dave Ornauer of Stars and Stripes sports. Ratings are based primarily on teams’ win-loss records, quality of wins, strength of overall roster, point differential, team and individual statistics, strength of schedule and strength of leagues. Maximum rating is 500 points:

Record Pts Pvs

1. Kubasaki (Okinawa) 0-0 464 1

2. George Washington (Guam) 4-0 460 2

3. Yokota (Japan) 4-0 448 3

4. Kadena (Okinawa) 0-0 436 4

5. Osan American (S. Korea) 2-0 428 5

6. Seoul American 2-1 420 7

7. Father Duenas (Guam) 3-1 408 8

8. Nile C. Kinnick (Japan) 3-2 396 6

9. Simon Sanchez (Guam) 2-2 364 9

10. Guam High 2-2 356 —

Week 5 grid honors

Taegu American-Randall Daniels 158 yards, 2 touchdowns, 15 carries. Eddie Ward 71 yards, 1 touchdown, 8 carries.

Seoul American-David Smalls 181 yards, 3 touchdowns, 15 carries. Quintez Johnson 86 yards, 9 carries; 1 interception.

Robert D. Edgren-Zach Latimore 70 all-purpose yards, 1 touchdown; 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery.

Nile C. Kinnick-Larynzo Abernathy 225 all-purpose yards, 2 touchdowns (110 yards, 1 touchdown, 25 carries; 115 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 returns). Jeff Galang 9-for-18, 112 yards. Chad Atchley 70 yards, 5 catches.

Yokota-Anthony McNeill 289 all-purpose yards, 3 touchdowns (202 yards, 3 touchdowns, 23 carries; 87 yards, 3 returns); 1 interception. Patrick Pamintuan 119 yards total offense (101 yards, 16 carries; 18 yards, 1 catch). Kory Campbell 120 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 returns. Peter Weaver 4-for-5, 67 yards, 1 touchdown.

Dave Ornauer's Week 6 outlook

Friday

Japan-Yokota 20, American School In Japan 6; Robert D. Edgren 14, Zama American 13.

Guam-George Washington 26, Father Duenas Memorial 18.

Saturday

Guam-John F. Kennedy 18, Guam High 16; Simon Sanchez 14, Southern 3.

Last week-5-1, .833.

Season-21-5, .808.

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