CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – Kubasaki’s football game at Kadena has been rescheduled to 6 p.m. Thursday by DODDS officials concerned about the approach and proximity of Typhoon Vongfong, which last week lashed the Marianas with high winds and rain.

Vongfong is due to pass just east of Okinawa this weekend. DODDS area office officials consulted with school administrators, coaches and athletics directors, who “all agreed” to the change the game that had originally been set for Friday, DODDS Pacific athletics coordinator Don Hobbs said Wednesday.

“Everybody understands that typhoon season is typhoon season and considerations have to be made,” said coach Fred Bales of reigning Far East Division I champion Kubasaki.

It’s a crucial game in terms of the chase for berths in the D-I title game. Kadena, last year’s runner-up, needs a win by three points or more to eliminate Kubasaki. The Dragons need a win or a loss by two points or fewer to remain alive and hand Kadena a D-I loss, putting the two on equal ground.

Kubasaki beat Kadena 28-25 the first time the teams played on Sept. 26 at Camp Foster. The teams play each other twice during the season for one D-I victory. If either sweeps the two games, they get a D-I victory. If they split, it comes down to points.

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