MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan – Defense and special teams came to Zama’s rescue Friday just when all seemed to be lost.
Jaydn Parker booted two field goals and picked off a pass and Ayden Moore recovered a fumble in the Robert D. Edgren end zone for a touchdown as the Trojans scored the final 17 points in a 27-14 victory at Eagles Field.
“It was us returning the favor in the second half,” said coach Scott Bolin, whose Trojans improved to 2-0.
The Eagles held sway in the first half, the third quarter was pretty well even, “then in the fourth quarter we were able to overcome because of defense and special teams,” Bolin said.
Edgren cashed in on a fumble recovery deep in Zama territory in the first quarter. Parker Kuns tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Alomar to put the Eagles up 7-0. Parker’s first field goal, a 46-yarder, made it 7-3 at halftime.
Zama led briefly 10-7 in the third quarter before Roman Wells returned an interception 15 yards for a touchdown that closed Edgren’s scoring.
The key play came in the fourth quarter, Edgren facing first down at their 4-yard line when the Eagles fumbled the ball into the end zone, where Moore fell on it to make it 24-14.
Will Schmiedel was 10-for-12 for 85 yards passing with two touchdowns and rushed for 45 yards on 8 carries. Denver Dait had 50 yards on 8 tries and Roman Romero had six rushes for 40 yards and caught a 6-yard TD pass from Schmiedel. Caleb Schmiedel had a 3-yard scoring catch.
Parker added a 32-yard field goal late in the contest to cap the scoring. Chris Jones and Chayden Williams also had interceptions for the Trojans.
“We’re close,” said Eagles coach Aaron Wells, who was a Trojans assistant for one season under Bolin. “We have to clean up our mistakes and try to avoid injuries.”
The Eagles visit Osan next Saturday, while Daegu travels to Zama for a Friday contest.