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American School In Japan's Dean Hahne brings down Zama's Sean Sullivan.
American School In Japan's Dean Hahne brings down Zama's Sean Sullivan. (Richard Rodgers/Special to Stripes)
American School In Japan's Dean Hahne brings down Zama's Sean Sullivan.
American School In Japan's Dean Hahne brings down Zama's Sean Sullivan. (Richard Rodgers/Special to Stripes)
Zama's Sean Sullivan catches a pass in front of American School In Japan's Tyler Cross.
Zama's Sean Sullivan catches a pass in front of American School In Japan's Tyler Cross. (Richard Rodgers/Special to Stripes)
American School In Japan running back Allen Edmunds gets tackled by Zama's Dominic Peruccio and Keshawn McNeill.
American School In Japan running back Allen Edmunds gets tackled by Zama's Dominic Peruccio and Keshawn McNeill. (Richard Rodgers/Special to Stripes)
American School In Japan's Andrew Howe gets fistfuls of the jersey of Zama quarterback Nick Canada.
American School In Japan's Andrew Howe gets fistfuls of the jersey of Zama quarterback Nick Canada. (Richard Rodgers/Special to Stripes)

CAMP ZAMA, Japan – American School In Japan, in victory, played its youngsters with an eye on the team’s long-term future. Zama, in defeat, put its youth on the field with one eye on preparing for next month’s Far East Division II final.

Oliver Rogers ran 7 yards for a touchdown and passed 20 yards to Kei Laughlin for another and the Mustangs raced ahead 35-0 at halftime, then gave its younger players the once over in the second half of a 35-12 win over the Trojans on Saturday at Barry Huitema Memorial Field.

Though the Trojans (4-3) have plenty of seniors on the roster, they also have a good number of freshmen and sophomores, some of whom coach Scott Bolin says he wanted to take for a spin, “especially as we tune up for hosting Division II.” Zama hosts Osan in the D-II final Nov. 10.

Likewise, coach Roy Tomlinson of the Mustangs (4-2) played some of his underclassmen, “mostly freshmen and sophomores,” with an eye toward the 2019 season. Rogers graduates in June, along with Rhys Gallagher, a running back who scored on a 4-yard run.

“Zama never quit on us,” Tomlinson said. “They played hard the whole game.”

Allen Edmonds ran 60 yards for a touchdown and Karsten Kropp caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Sho Flores for the Mustangs.

For the Trojans, Luke Singer caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Nick Canada and Dominic Peruccio added a 40-yard scoring run.

“ASIJ’s a quality, tough opponent,” Bolin said. “We love playing against them. They’re a class act.”

The Mustangs end their regular season when they host Yokota at 5 p.m. Friday.

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