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FootballNile C. Kinnick (5-1) at Kadena (3-2)When — 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.Where — Habu Field, Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa.What — Final inter-district football game of the Pacific high school season, one with heavy implications in the chase for the second berth and possible host rights to the Far East Division I title game Nov. 8. Depending on who wins and by how much, either team could end up as the visitor or host; the other would be shut out, since defending champion Kubasaki is in no matter what.Players to watch — The game showcases the two most prolific DODDS Pacific running backs, Kinnick junior Dre Paylor (1,465 yards, 18 touchdowns, 133 carries) and Kadena senior Justin Sego (999 yards, eight touchdowns, 110 carries).Also — If Kinnick beats Kadena or loses by four points or less, the Red Devils host Kubasaki on Nov. 8. A Kadena win by five points or more has the Panthers traveling to play the Dragons for the third time this season.
Cross countryDODDS Japan championship, 10 a.m. Saturday, Tama Hills Recreation Center, Tokyo. With Yokota junior Daniel Galvin recuperating from shin splints, the boys race could be a wide-open one, with possibly Zama’s Kai Cordrey standing to benefit, as might Jerry Lotz of Kinnick or Yokota’s Marquis Cooley. Erin Stonebarger and Cassie Burger of Kinnick loom as favorites in the girls race.Okinawa all-island finals, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Cape Zampa (Bolo Point). While Kadena junior Hunter Ficenec, sporting the Pacific’s second-best time (16:46) behind Galvin (16:08), went unbeaten in the regular season and sophomore Wren Renquist lost just once, Kubasaki is starting to narrow the gap with the Panthers in terms of team. The Dragons girls should be favored, while the Panthers boys might prevail, but narrowly.
Correction The tiebreaker formula for the D-I playoffs was incorrect in an earlier version of this article.