Military football standings tighten after upset
KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – William Lane threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Toward Hill in the closing seconds, completing Foster’s rally from an 18-0 halftime deficit for a 26-24 upset of U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League-leading Kadena on Saturday at Kadena High School.
It was the Bulldogs’ first win of the season, and coupled with Hansen’s 14-0 shutout of defending champion Kinser moved Foster into a tie with the Kings at 1-3.
The Dragons and Wolf Pack are tied atop the league standings at 3-1 with two weeks left in the regular season.
Lane began the rally with an 8-yard scoring pass to Rolando Brooks, set up by a 76-yard run by Michael Howell. Kadena promptly answered with a rushing touchdown, but Lane replied with a touchdown pass to Hill to cut the gap to 24-14 entering the fourth quarter.
It was all Bulldogs from there. Kadena turned the ball over on downs and Lane went 7-for-13 on the next series, capped with a 6-yard scoring pass to Hill with three minutes left.
Kadena again turned the ball over on downs at the Foster 32 with one timeout left for the Bulldogs. Lane completed passes to Brooks and Kharon Jamison, the latter with 40 seconds left, setting up the game-winning TD pass.
For the Dragons, Sean Finnegan was a one-man scoring machine; he threw for touchdowns to Alvin Stewart and Mathew Woods and ran for a score, totaling 171 yards in the air. Darnell Hobson returned an interception 63 yards for a score. Emmanuel Griffin rushed for 74 yards and Ralphael Jones for 68.
For the Wolf Pack, Jesse Swanson scored on a quarterback sneak and Clinton Ranson ran 8 yards for the other score in what was much more of a defensive struggle than Hansen’s 31-0 season-opening dismantling of the Kings.
Tyler Guillory rushed for 22 yards on five carries and had seven tackles, Ranson added 29 yards on five attempts and Terrance Gray intercepted two passes, recovered a fumble and caught a pass for 13 yards.
Mitchell Burchett contributed six tackles. Kinser hurt itself by fumbling at the Hansen 3-yard line and the Wolf Pack fumbled two punt returns.