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TOKYO – Campbell Little played big in American School In Japan’s regular-season finale and last tune-up for next week’s Far East Division II title showdown at Zama.

The senior running back rushed for three touchdowns, Noa Grasse ran for another, Shou Murakami-Moses and Andreas Elstrom each caught TD passes and Hayden Thomas ran back an interception for a touchdown as the Mustangs routed Matthew C. Perry 47-7 Saturday at Mustang Valley.

“Everything was clicking,” ASIJ coach and athletics director Tim Jacobsson. The game was played on ASIJ’s annual Spirit Day, in which all its fall sports teams are in action on campus, and the game was played in ideal weather.

“It was a big day and the boys came ready to play,” Jacobsson said.

The Mustangs finished the regular season 5-1. They kept the Samurai (2-5) off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter, when Jacob Bradley took a sweep 6 yards for Perry’s lone touchdown.

There was no looking ahead, Jacobsson said, to next week and the Trojans. “We’re focused on the game we’re playing,” he said. “We were not looking ahead.”

Now, the Mustangs are looking ahead, to Friday’s D-II final at Zama’s Barry Huitema Memorial Field. That’s where the Trojans blanked ASIJ 7-0 on Sept. 22, in a driving rain.

“Now, we’re going to get back to work on Monday. We’ve got Zama,” Jacobsson said.

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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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