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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – Kubasaki has been one of the stingiest defensive football teams in the Pacific this season, and Friday’s victory over American School In Japan was no exception.

Aiden Sablan ran 13 yards for a first-quarter touchdown, Gavin McKnight had 134 yards on 13 carries and the Dragons’ defense took it from there, holding the Mustangs to a second-quarter field goal en route to a 7-3 victory on Kubasaki’s Senior Night.

“We brought ‘the house’ today,” coach Tony Alvarado said of his Dragons, who improved to 3-1 on the season. “Very impressive play on the field.”

It was the Dragons’ first meeting with the Mustangs since Oct. 4, 2019, when Kubasaki beat ASIJ 28-7 at Mustang Valley.

ASIJ, which fell to 0-3, got its lone points Friday in the second quarter when Joey Schulz hit a 37-yard field.

Alvardo spoke highly of the Mustangs, especially defensively. “They were swarming the ball, gang-tackling, blitzing; I congratulate them and coach Timmy (Jacobsson). That team is not indicative of their record.”

Sablan finished with 44 yards on 21 carries for Kubasaki. Quarterback A.J. Millette had 88 yards total offense. On defense, Alexander Hughes had a fumble recovery and an interception, Godfrey Wray and Hayden Potter each recovered fumbles and Potter and Carlos Robles each had sacks.

The Mustangs next host Robert D. Edgren at 1:30 p.m. next Saturday. Kubasaki travels to Nile C. Kinnick for a game at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with host rights to the Oct. 21 Japan Division I semifinal on the line.

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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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