Humphreys defeats Humphreys in first split-school battle
Stars and Stripes September 10, 2021
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – In the first regular-season game between Humphreys’ football split squads, the ground game, fueled by running back Darryl R. Veal Jr. and quarterback Sean Cook, powered Humphreys Gold past Humphreys Black 24-6 Friday at Blackhawks Field.
Veal rushed 19 times for 234 yards and a touchdown and Cook added 140 yards on 11 carries plus a TD, in addition to going 2-for-7 for 104 yards and a passing score.
With only two schools playing football in DODEA-Korea, Humphreys, with its enrollment of 656, divided its player pool into two teams. Both coaches said the arrangement suited them and their purpose: Getting Humphreys’ football sea legs back under them after the 2020 gap year.
“The kids came to compete,” said Humphreys Gold coach Tyler Greve, a former Arkansas State offensive lineman in his third year of teaching at Humphreys, but first coaching football in Korea.
Greve said he doesn’t see much difference teaching and coaching players in the States and overseas. “The kids really buy into it, equally or even more than kids in the States,” Greve said.
While Humphreys may have split squads for this season, “it’s still one team, two squads, one family,” said Humphreys Black coach Wilburt Key.
Emmanuel Lawson added 87 yards on 12 carries and Luke Robinson 83 on 17 attempts for Humphreys Gold, which had 648 yards of total offense. Isaac Robinson caught a 76-yard touchdown pass and Lucas Bachot and Ikaika Mendoza each had two sacks.
For Humphreys Black, Thomas Bennasee was 3-for-6 for 40 yards and rushed 12 times for 41 yards. Tyler Wilks carried seven times for 36 yards and a touchdown and also had three tackles.