YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – A week after being humbled on its home field for its homecoming game, Trajon Weaver and Kubasaki repaid the favor at Nile C. Kinnick.
The junior quarterback threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Dragons spoiled the Red Devils’ homecoming, beating Kinnick 26-20 seven days after Kubasaki lost to the Red Devils 41-20 on Okinawa.
“We went back to break down the film and look at what we did wrong,” said coach Tony Alvarado of Kubasaki, which improved to 3-1, while the Red Devils fell to 2-2.
“We looked at our positions and responsibilities, what their jobs are and how to fix it, and the boys came out fired up to play,” Alvarado said.
Weaver threw 27 yards to his brother Onzei for a touchdown and 7 yards to Carlos Cadet for another, and added scoring runs of 3 and 6 yards. “He came out strong and ready to play,” Alvarado said of Trajon Weaver.
“We knew we had to get better. We made a lot of mistakes,” Trajon Weaver said of the Sept. 22 game. “We came out and followed the game plan and we executed.”
The win put the Dragons back in the hunt for the top seed in the DODEA-Pacific Division I title chase, a half-game ahead of Kadena (2-1). The Red Devils are still chasing the No. 2 seed, but need to win out and beat Kadena and Humphreys both on the road.
“It’s tough to beat a team back to back in a matter of a week,” said coach Dan Joley of Kinnick. “Our kids played tough, disciplined and smart. We were down two scores and tried to mount a comeback, but we just ran out of time.”
Tre Bennett led the Red Devils with 150 yards on 25 carries and rushed for two touchdowns. Arashi Blocton tossed a 26-yard scoring pass to Kellen Broach.
“Kubasaki was ready to play,” Joley said. “They matched our physicality. It was old-school football. They had four turnovers, but we were able to capitalize on only one. They were ready for us.”
Kubasaki next hosts Kadena at 6 p.m. Friday, with the top D-I finals seed most likely on the line. Kinnick travels to Korea to play at Humphreys, also at 6 p.m. Friday. Neither game will happen if there is no money to fund extracurricular activities.