(Stars and Stripes)

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa – Shamar Cofield ran for two touchdowns and Zion Jackson passed for a score as the Okinawa Dragons repeated their U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League title, shutting out the Kinser Ronin 30-0 in Sunday’s Torii Bowl on Hansen’s new turf field.

The victory came on coach Jermaine Baker’s 41st birthday. He’s been on the coaching staff of the Dragons’ four USFJ-AFL title seasons and also played receiver for the Kadena Falcons in 2004-05 in the old Marine Corps-sponsored Okinawa Football League.

“It was good. I can’t ask for a better birthday present,” Baker said.

Cofield’s touchdowns came in the first half and he finished with 78 rushing yards. Isaiah Gray added 83 yards and ran for one score.

Jackson finished with 163 yards passing, including a touchdown pass to Caleb Crook. Abraham Casillas opened the scoring for the Dragons with a 36-yard field goal.

Channel Barrow and Joseph Eze each intercepted one Ronin pass. Brandon Jones led the Dragons defense with 16 tackles, including four sacks.

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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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