(Stars and Stripes)

CAMP ZAMA, Japan – Hiroki Davis and Denver Dait each ran for touchdowns and Jeremiah Georges caught a scoring pass to help Zama remain DODEA-Pacific’s lone unbeaten football team, downing Robert D. Edgren 21-7 on homecoming Friday at Zama’s Barry Huitema Memorial Field.

Zama improved to 5-0 on the regular season with two games left and remains in the driver’s seat for the top seed in the DODEA-Pacific Division II championship game scheduled for Oct. 27. The Eagles fell to 1-4 with two games remaining.

The game ended three minutes into the third quarter when Eagles coach Aaron Wells pulled his team off the field, saying that he felt it was “not a conducive environment for high school football.” He did not elaborate.

It was the second time in three weeks that Zama played a game that was shortened when the opposing team decided to leave the field.

The Trojans led Daegu 22-0 on Sept. 16 in the eighth minute of the first quarter. The Warriors lost four players to serious injuries and three or four others were sufficiently dinged up that coach Zach Colflesh pulled his team off the field. Daegu is finishing the season as a junior varsity program.

Zama coach Scott Bolin said he still sees room for improvement.

“We have some more growing to do as a team,” Bolin said. “We have players who have been in the program for two or three years with experience and we’re facing teams that are in a building phase.”

Will Schmiedel threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Georges, while Dait ran 28 yards for a score and Davis 20 yards for another. Jaydn Parker and Ayden Helton each intercepted passes for the Trojans.

Edgren’s lone touchdowns came in the first quarter, a 2-yard run by P.J. Lorenzo. Three players were ejected from the contest, two from Zama and one from Edgren.

Zama is next scheduled to host Yokota (2-1) at 6 p.m. Friday. Edgren is to host American School In Japan (2-1) at 7 p.m. Friday. Neither game will happen if there is no money to fund extracurricular activities.

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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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