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Youthful Navy fans brandish placards in support of their sailor favorites during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The support was to no avail as the soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series.
Youthful Navy fans brandish placards in support of their sailor favorites during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The support was to no avail as the soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series. (Joe Pak-Blyzniuk/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Youthful Navy fans brandish placards in support of their sailor favorites during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The support was to no avail as the soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series.
Youthful Navy fans brandish placards in support of their sailor favorites during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The support was to no avail as the soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series. (Joe Pak-Blyzniuk/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Members of Seoul American High School's band play for the crowd during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series.
Members of Seoul American High School's band play for the crowd during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series. (Joe Pak-Blyzniuk/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Navy's Scott Mai tries to elude two Army defenders during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series.
Navy's Scott Mai tries to elude two Army defenders during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series. (Joe Pak-Blyzniuk/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Army's Centrail Byrd looks for running room between teammates and Navy defenders during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series.
Army's Centrail Byrd looks for running room between teammates and Navy defenders during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series. (Joe Pak-Blyzniuk/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Navy's Joseph Chambers goes up to catch a pass against an Army defender during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series.
Navy's Joseph Chambers goes up to catch a pass against an Army defender during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series. (Joe Pak-Blyzniuk/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Navy cheerleaders shout it out for their players during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series.
Navy cheerleaders shout it out for their players during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series. (Libby Turner/Special to Stars and Stripes)
An Army cheerleader brandishes an Army team flag and shouts support for her players during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series.
An Army cheerleader brandishes an Army team flag and shouts support for her players during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series. (Libby Turner/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Army running back Morris Campbell dashes downfield during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series.
Army running back Morris Campbell dashes downfield during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series. (Libby Turner/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Navy running back Jerdonte Williams looks for room downfield during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series.
Navy running back Jerdonte Williams looks for room downfield during Saturday's Korea Army-Navy flag football rivalry game at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. The soldiers routed the sailors 62-0, improving to 14-3 in the Peninsula Trophy series. (Libby Turner/Special to Stars and Stripes)

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea – On-field rivalry and off-field camaraderie and community are prevailing themes in the Pacific’s annual Army-Navy flag football games, and Saturday's game was no different.

The game itself was a mismatch as 8th Army rolled 62-0 over a Korea-based Navy-Marine Corps team before about 180 spectators at Seoul American High School's Sims Field.

No matter the outcome, the game represents the brotherhood between services and the communities in which they live, according to Garrison commander Col. Michael Masley.

“The expectation of the game is to bring the community together as a group,” Masley said. Army-Navy flag games played annually in Korea, Okinawa and Japan mirror the service academy game in Philadelphia. Navy carries an 11-game winning streak in the series into the Dec. 14 game and has an overall edge of 57-49-7.

Korea games are generally held a week or two before to prevent the game from being played in colder weather, organizer Bennie Jackson said. It was about 50 degrees Saturday.

Saturday's victory in the Korea Peninsula Trophy series was the 14th in 17 games for the Army, improving its combined record to 37-13 in the three Pacific series.

Masley presided over the pre-game coin toss won by the Army, a precurser of what was to come. Representing Commander Naval Forces Korea was Capt. Joseph Davis, assistant chief of staff for logistics.

Even as the points piled up, supporters of both sides remained enthusiastic, and members of the Seoul American band played on the sidelines.

U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti presented the Peninsula Trophy to the victorious soldiers following the contest.

“One team, one fight,” Army assistant coach Leroy Cottman said after the trophy presentation.

The Dec. 14 Japan game is scheduled for Naval Air Facility Atsugi’s Reid Memorial Stadium, and the Okinawa game Dec. 14 at Torii Station, where the rivalry series originated 24 years ago.

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Seoul American High School student journalist Alison Kamae contributed to this report.

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