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Kubasaki sends Bales out on a winning note

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 1, 2019

TOKYO – Lucas Kappen accounted for four touchdowns to send retiring Kubasaki coach Fred Bales out on a winning note Friday.

The Dragons (2-5) won their season finale 44-18 at American School In Japan, their second win in as many visits to Mustang Valley this season, on the heels of their 28-7 win on Oct. 4.

And it made for a happy farewell for Bales, who’s coached high school football within DODEA dating back his days in Panama in the early 1980s, and the last 15 as head coach of the Dragons.

“I’m proud of our guys,” Bales said. “They really played hard tonight. We got off to a slow start, we made some mistakes, but they played hard. ASIJ fought us very hard. It was a great night for football, we had great hosts here. A great way for me to say goodbye.”

Kappen accounted for 167 yards total offense with three rushing touchdowns and an 18-yard passing TD to Clint Reventlow.

Haydn Peterson carried 17 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns and had 16 tackles, including three for losses. Jaylan Mayers returned a pick-six 41 yards, had four catches for 28 yards and 12 carries for 79 yards. Brandan Kilian had 10 tackles, four for losses.

For the Mustangs (0-5), Karsten Kropp caught a 28-yard touchdown pass, Ken Mah ran 15 yards for a score and Connor Prindle covered a fumble in the end zone for a TD.

“We had a lot of younger guys who gained a lot of experience this season,” Mustangs first-year head coach Tim Jacobsson said. “They got a taste and they’ll be ready for more. We’re going to be a lot sharper next season.”

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