Howe is big reason why ASIJ romps over Yokota
TOKYO -- Andrew Howe closed out his American School In Japan football career in style and the Mustangs ended their season on a high note.
The senior running back rushed for touchdowns of 65, 55 and 40 yards, all in the first half, and ASIJ cruised to a 33-point halftime lead en route to a 46-7 home romp over Yokota.
“It was a great way to end the season,” coach Roy Tomlinson said, noting how the Mustangs (5-2) won their last three games and four of their last five, with the lone loss coming in the closing seconds to Division I-leading Nile C. Kinnick 32-29 on Oct. 12.
“It was a good season. We came a long way. … We’re a different team” than the one that began the season, Tomlinson said.
Howe was not the only one supplying offensive fireworks at season’s end for ASIJ.
Senior slot back Rhys Gallagher broke off a 60-yard scoring run that Tomlinson called “spectacular,” featuring seven broken tackles, a spin move and a stiff arm. “He made a great effort” on the play, Tomlinson said.
Moe West ran 20 yards for a touchdown and also had an interception. Oliver Rogers closed his Mustangs career with a pair of picks and Tei Laughlin also had an interception.
Nash Rasmussen caught a 25-yard TD pass from Sho Flores, who until this fall was better known for his work for the five-time Far East Division I champion Mustangs baseball team. Flores had never played football before, but threw for touchdowns in his last two games.
“It was great to see him have some success,” Tomlinson said of Flores.
For the Panthers (1-6), Ethan Gaume racked up 275 all-purpose yards, rushing for 90 yards on eight carries, gaining 65 yards on three returns and going 5-for-10 for 122 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Smith.
Smith ran for 44 yards on nine carries. Connor Rowan caught two passes for 42 yards and Zach Namoca had 65 yards on two receptions.
The Panthers close out their season next Friday at Kubasaki; kickoff is at 5 p.m.