KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – Carl Williams had 292 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns and Brandon Martel returned a pick six 36 yards and returned a fumble for a TD as Kadena routed Hansen 32-6 Saturday in the rain and took over first place in the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League.
Hansen (1-1), which beat Kinser 10-0 a week earlier to open the season, scored its only points on a fumble return. Kinser got its first win without taking the field Saturday, as Foster, the defending league champion, forfeited for the second straight week.
“We took the bad weather as a challenge,” Dragons coach Jermaine Baker said following the victory, which came with several players away due to duty commitments. “And the team as a whole didn’t disappoint. … Other guys stepped in and got the job done. I’m excited for the season because I know we can do better.”
Williams ran for 72 yards, had 118 receiving yards and returned a kickoff 102 yards for one of his three scores. Martel’s play was indicative, Baker said, of a defense that “was monsters today, flying to the ball and gang-tackling. We are small, but fast and tough; we didn’t let them (Outlaws) breathe.”
Kadena, which got a win April 15 by forfeit over Foster, is slated to host Kinser at 2 p.m. next Saturday at Kadena High School’s Upper Field. Foster is scheduled to play Hansen at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kadena’s McDonald Stadium.