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Kubasaki tops Seoul American for first win in final game

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 14, 2017

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – Heartbreak and frustration gave way to joy and celebration on homecoming Saturday as Kubasaki used a potent run game to grab its first win of the season after opening with six losses.

Vincent Hill and Peyton Powers each rushed for two touchdowns, the Dragons’ run game piled up a season-high 381 yards and Kubasaki scored on two interceptions and a blocked field goal in a 62-0 romp Saturday over Seoul American in the Dragons’ season finale.

“This team has been a work in progress since we began in August, but the kids have stayed the course,” coach Fred Bales said. “I’m happy to send off the seniors on their way with this victory.”

Hill rushed just five times but for 94 yards and two scores. Powers added 109 yards on eight carries, Haydn Peterson took his lone carry 60 yards for a touchdown and Koby Karl added 60 yards on five rushes and a touchdown.

Powers and Camron McCall also added interception-return touchdowns and Jaylan Penney returned a blocked field goal for a TD. Penney had two interceptions and Josh Swen also picked off a pass and Wilson Patterson recovered a fumble.

“We were finally able to get things done on both sides of the ball,” Bales said. “It was a great homecoming win for us.”

The game was played in bright sunshine, just hours after thundershowers delayed play in American School In Japan’s 30-3 win at Kadena just a few miles away. The good weather did not help the Falcons, who lost their two games on Okinawa by a combined 90-0.

“Inconsistency in every aspect of the game,” Falcons coach Reggie Meno said. “That’s all there is.”

Seoul American finishes its season at home Saturday against Division I-leading Nile C. Kinnick; kickoff is at 6 p.m.

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