Game of the week
FootballKubasaki (1-1) at Kadena (2-0) When — 6 p.m. Friday.Where — Kadena Air Base, Okinawa.What — Second of three regular-season meetings between teams that have combined to make eight appearances in the Far East Division I title game since 2011. The two-time defending champion and game host Panthers beat the Dragons in the season opener 34-3 on Sept. 2 at Kubasaki. No matter the outcome of Friday’s game, the teams meet again on Oct. 28 at Kubasaki’s Mike Petty Stadium. Kubasaki has lost the last two D-I title games to Kadena by scores of 41-27 and 20-16, both at Mike Petty.Players to watch — The Panthers’ primary weapon is the ground game; that’s led by Jericho Williams (26 carries, 213 yards, two touchdowns). Quarterback Cody Sego is as potent in the air as he is rushing the ball, 6-for-14 for 122 yards and three touchdowns passing and six carries for 104 yards and two TDs on the ground. Owen Sinning has rushed for two scores and caught a touchdown pass as well as picking off two passes. … The Dragons’ biggest weapon has been the right foot of Joshua Swen, who’s made good on three of four field-goal attempts, two in Kubasaki’s 13-6 win at Nile C. Kinnick on Sept. 17. Kubasaki’s offensive bright spot in the Sept. 2 game was Braylan Pittman, who rushed for 114 yards on 17 attempts. Also — The Panthers are vying for their Pacific-record ninth appearance in a D-I title game since the Far East playoffs’ inception in 2005; Kadena has a D-I-record five titles. Kubasaki has played for the title six times, winning twice.