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Kinnick blitzes Seoul American to remain perfect

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 21, 2017

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea – Behind Andrew Urette’s legs and Kacey Walker’s arm, Nile C. Kinnick put the finishing touches Saturday on its first unbeaten regular football season in 19 years.

Urette rushed for two touchdowns and Walker tossed a pair of scores and the Red Devils gained 447 yards as a team and shut out Seoul American 62-0 in Kinnick’s final tune-up before hosting the Far East Division I final against Kadena next Saturday.

The Red Devils haven’t gone unbeaten in the regular season since winning the second of their four straight Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools titles in 1996, when they went 9-0.

“That’s a nice story to tell, but it’s only part of our journey,” coach Dan Joley said. “Our goal is to be unbeaten after next Saturday.”

That said, Kinnick showed it wasn’t looking past its Saturday opponent to the Panthers, whom they beat 45-40 at Yokosuka Naval Base on Sept. 30. “The kids looked focused on offense and defense, they fired on all cylinders, the offense was crisp and they tackled well,” Joley said.

Kinnick finished 8-0 overall and 5-0 in D-I. The Falcons lost for the sixth time in seven games and went 0-4 in D-I.

Urette finished with 104 yards on 11 carries and also had two interceptions. Harry Cheng had just 32 yards on six attempts, but three of those went for touchdowns, and he also picked off a pass.

Walker rushed five times for 49 yards and was 6-for-7 passing for 194 yards and two TDs, both to freshman Chris Watson, for 70 and 55 yards. “He’s fun,” Joley said of Watson. “I like to watch him run. He’s quick.”

Aaron Peterson had two carries for 66 yards and a touchdown, and Bryan Hunt scored the only time he ran the ball, for 2 yards. Devoney Stanley had 52 yards on four punt returns, Sigmund Evans recovered a fumble and John McIntosh and Jacob Castro each had a sack.

“I was highly pleased with the execution today,” Joley said.

Kinnick hosts the D-I final, its first appearance in the Far East title game, against Kadena, which has a Pacific-record five D-I titles to its credit and is making its Pacific-record 10th final appearance. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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