Kadena finishes military football regular season unbeaten
CAMP COURTNEY, Okinawa – Carl Williams rushed for two touchdowns and Kadena completed an unbeaten schedule by downing Camp Hansen 16-6 in Friday’s U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League’s final regular-season game at Courtney Bowl.
The Dragons (6-0) clinched the regular-season title and accompanying first-round bye in the playoffs, which start Saturday with Kinser (2-4) playing Hansen (4-2) in the semifinal. Foster, the defending champion, did not take the field this season due to duty commitments.
But Friday’s game was the first in which the Dragons were “were truly tested,” defensive coordinator Luis Moret said. Kadena, which had been averaging 34 points per game, was held to a season low and gave up its first offensive touchdown of the season.
“The tough matchup was needed to humble and refocus the team in preparation” for the USFJ-AFL Torii Bowl title game scheduled for June 10 at Kadena.
Williams ran for 180 yards, quarterback Gregory Sargeant went 8-for-13 for 204 yards and Brandon Stokes caught six passes for 89 yards.
Despite finally giving up a touchdown, Kadena’s defense “continued to dominate,” Moret said. Edward Billingsley had two sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked punt. Chris Terry and Marvin Mel each intercepted a pass.
Hansen scored its lone touchdown when Kadena turned the ball over on its 10-yard line. Three downs later, Outlaws quarterback Shane Geitgey ran 5 yards for a score on a broken-play scramble. “Our offense put our defense in a bad position and cost them a perfect regular-season goose egg,” Kadena head coach Jermaine Baker said. “But it was a good run” by Geitgey.
With the victory, Kadena returns to the Torii Bowl for the fifth straight year, but has won the USFJ-AFL title only once in that span, 26-16 over Hansen on June 13, 2015.