(Stars and Stripes)

TOKYO – The thing coach Scott Bolin says he’s most happy about his Zama football team this season: The offense has been firing on all cylinders.

Kai Kuroda threw three touchdown passes, Hiroki Davis and Connor Lape each added rushing TDs and Zama’s defense had four takeaways, including Chayden Williams’ fumble return for a score, as the Trojans routed American School In Japan 45-13 Friday at Mustang Valley.

“Our offensive tempo is finally where we need it to be,” Bolin said, adding that Kuroda’s passing touch “really helps make that work.”

Kuroda threw touchdown passes of 16 yards to Keahnu Araki, 34 to Jeremiah Georges and 12 to Pierce Ingram. Davis ran 2 yards for a score and Lape 3 for his touchdown.

So far this season, in three victories, the Trojans have outscored their opponents 121-26, including a 48-0 shutout at Robert D. Edgren last week.

Ryan Pena and Chris Jones each had interceptions, as did Caleb Schmiedel, who returned from a leg injury that had sidelined him up to this week.

Bolin credited his assistant coaches and the players responding to their coaching for the Trojans’ success thus far.

“The coaching staff does an amazing job and the players go out and execute the way they’re supposed to,” Bolin said.

The Mustangs (0-3) got their points on big plays, a 65-yard scoring run by Noa Grasse and an 80-yard interception-return touchdown by Jay Dosser.

“They were more physical than us,” ASIJ coach and athletics director Tim Jacobsson said. “Things just didn’t go our way.”

The Mustangs travel to Okinawa next Friday for a game at Kubasaki; kickoff is at 6 p.m. Zama, meanwhile, visits Yokota for the Panthers’ homecoming; that kickoff is at 6 p.m. Friday as well.

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Dave Ornauer has been employed by or assigned to Stars and Stripes Pacific almost continuously since March 5, 1981. He covers interservice and high school sports at DODEA-Pacific schools and manages the Pacific Storm Tracker.

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