TOKYO – Unable to defend the Far East Division I title it won a year ago, American School In Japan nonetheless closed the 2017 football season in style.
Andrew Howe ran for three touchdowns and Dean Hahne rushed for two more, as five different Mustangs scored TDs in a 55-0 romp over Singapore American. ASIJ closed the campaign 5-2, winning four straight games after falling 67-26 at home on Sept. 16 to Kadena.
“It was a good way to close it out,” coach Roy Tomlinson said. Despite the 1-2 start and injuries to key players, “it was a great season. The kids walked away happy. They grew so much this season It’s about learning and overcoming adversity and we overcame adversity.”
Howe rushed 12 times for 130 yards and Hahne six times for 60. Jake Noddin scored the only time he ran the ball, from 42 yards, and Jo Tsusaka returned to the backfield after an injury to run 9 yards for a touchdown. ASIJ had 298 yards on the ground.
In his final game in Mustang uniform, quarterback Jack Ambrosino was 9-for-16 for 115 yards and rushed 11 times for 64 yards and a score. Oliver Rogers had three catches for 39 yards and recovered a fumble, while Tyler Cross, Tsusaka and Ambrosino each had interceptions.
“Great season, great kids,” Tomlinson said.