CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa – Shane Geitgey threw a touchdown pass and ran for a two-point conversion in the second quarter and the defense racked up a first-quarter safety, lifting Hansen to a 10-0 shutout of Kinser in Saturday’s U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League season opener.
Saturday’s other scheduled game was to be a rematch of last year’s championship game, but Foster, the defending champion, forfeited the contest to Kadena; it was not immediately known why.
Rande Johnson got the Outlaws on the board Saturday with a tackle of the Kings’ quarterback in the end zone, giving Hansen a 2-0 lead.
In the second period, Geitgey threw to receiver Shijuan Rogers for a 60-yard touchdown pass, then ran the 3 yards for the two-pointer. The Outlaws’ defense then held firm the rest of the way.
The USFJ-AFL’s 18th season for the third straight year features only teams from what used to be known as the South Division – Hansen, Kadena, Foster and Kinser. The only team remaining from the North Division is Yokosuka, which plays against Japan semi-pro X-League teams. Kadena traveled to Yokosuka in late April for a non-league contest and won 12-6.
The league’s regular-season schedule runs for six weeks, ending on May 20. Semifinals are scheduled for June 3 and the championship on June 10. Hansen next hosts Kadena at 10 a.m. Saturday, and Foster is slated to host Kinser at 2 p.m.