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Camp Foster Bulldogs quarterback Sanford James (13) stiff-arms Camp Hansen Wolfpack defender Christopher Jones as he looks to throw during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012, at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title.

Camp Foster Bulldogs quarterback Sanford James (13) stiff-arms Camp Hansen Wolfpack defender Christopher Jones as he looks to throw during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012, at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Camp Foster Bulldogs quarterback Sanford James (13) stiff-arms Camp Hansen Wolfpack defender Christopher Jones as he looks to throw during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012, at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title.

Camp Foster Bulldogs quarterback Sanford James (13) stiff-arms Camp Hansen Wolfpack defender Christopher Jones as he looks to throw during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012, at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Camp Hansen Wolfpack quarterback Damon Monk (17) gets hit by Camp Foster Bulldogs defender Zach Zindler (51) just as he throws and Wolfpack teammate Christopher Jones looks to help out during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012,
at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title.

Camp Hansen Wolfpack quarterback Damon Monk (17) gets hit by Camp Foster Bulldogs defender Zach Zindler (51) just as he throws and Wolfpack teammate Christopher Jones looks to help out during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012, at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Camp Foster Bulldogs tight end Nicholas Quinzi (85) gets wrestled down by Camp Hansen Wolfpack defenders Uwan Williams, left, and Michael Dudley during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012,
at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title.

Camp Foster Bulldogs tight end Nicholas Quinzi (85) gets wrestled down by Camp Hansen Wolfpack defenders Uwan Williams, left, and Michael Dudley during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012, at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Camp Hansen Wolfpack running back Enrique Menendez, left, spins out of the tackle of Camp Foster Bulldogs defender Jovan Richard during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012, at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title.

Camp Hansen Wolfpack running back Enrique Menendez, left, spins out of the tackle of Camp Foster Bulldogs defender Jovan Richard during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012, at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Camp Hansen Wolfpack quarterback Damon Monk, right, has the ball stripped out of his hands by Camp Foster Bulldogs defender Zach Zindler during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012,
at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title.

Camp Hansen Wolfpack quarterback Damon Monk, right, has the ball stripped out of his hands by Camp Foster Bulldogs defender Zach Zindler during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012, at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Camp Hansen Wolfpack quarterback Damon Monk (17) looks for room to run against the Camp Foster Bulldogs during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012,
at Gunners Field 6. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title.

Camp Hansen Wolfpack quarterback Damon Monk (17) looks for room to run against the Camp Foster Bulldogs during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012, at Gunners Field 6. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Camp Hansen Wolfpack receiver Michael Frank (13) and Camp Foster Bulldogs linebacker Rohan Paul (56) battle for the ball as Foster teammate Zach Zindler, right, watches during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012, at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title.

Camp Hansen Wolfpack receiver Michael Frank (13) and Camp Foster Bulldogs linebacker Rohan Paul (56) battle for the ball as Foster teammate Zach Zindler, right, watches during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012, at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Camp Hansen Wolfpack receiver Michael Frank (13) and Camp Foster Bulldogs defensive back Christopher Jackson (26) battle for the ball as Foster teammate Courtney Parker (7) watches during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012, at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title.

Camp Hansen Wolfpack receiver Michael Frank (13) and Camp Foster Bulldogs defensive back Christopher Jackson (26) battle for the ball as Foster teammate Courtney Parker (7) watches during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012, at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Camp Hansen Wolfpack receiver Michael Frank (13) and Camp Foster Bulldogs defensive back Christopher Jackson (26) battle for the ball as Foster teammate Courtney Parker (7) watches during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012,
at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title.

Camp Hansen Wolfpack receiver Michael Frank (13) and Camp Foster Bulldogs defensive back Christopher Jackson (26) battle for the ball as Foster teammate Courtney Parker (7) watches during the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division clash June 16, 2012, at Camp Foster, Okinawa. Foster scored on the last play of the game to beat Hansen 13-8 and clinch the South Division title. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – Just when all appeared lost for defending champion Foster, “Sanford & Sons” struck the right touchdown pass-and-catch note.

Quarterback Sanford James found receiver Allein Powell streaking down the right sideline into the end zone for a 30-yard TD as time ran out, rallying the Bulldogs past Camp Hansen 13-8 and clinching the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League South Division title for Foster.

“I saw the weak link in the [Hansen] defense and I attacked it,” James said. His Bulldogs took possession with 54 seconds left at the Foster 13-yard line. He ran four times for 57 yards, then spiked the ball incomplete at the Hansen 30, setting up the 11th-hour touchdown.

Foster coach Gerald Sharber called “All Flies,” on which five receivers would flood the end zone. Seeing that Powell would be one-on-one with Hansen cornerback Romeo McClarry, “I told him (Powell) he had to make a play. It was now or never. And he took on the challenge,” James said.

“My quarterback looked at me and told me he needed me to go get 26 (McClarry), and I said, ‘I got this, J-Bo,’” Powell said. “He just threw me the ball and there it was, the perfect pass.”

“That’s all it came down to, and they made the play when they had to make it,” Wolfpack coach Jason Stravers said.

With the victory and the division title, Foster gets a first-round playoff bye and on July 14 will host the winner of the July 7 Hansen vs. Kadena first-round game. The July 14 winner hosts the Torii Bowl title game on July 28.

“Now, the real season starts,” Sharber said. “We have a whole lot yet to work on.”

Powell’s TD catch was a thrilling end to an otherwise sloppy contest, played on a Gunners Field made muddy by weeks of rain, on which each team struck in the first quarter; Hansen’s Damon Monk passing 69 yards to Travis Killing and James 52 yards to Tony Moses.

The rest of the way was a battle of missed opportunities, penalties, quarterback sacks and turnovers; the teams combined for 10 turnovers, 10 sacks and 16 penalties for 135 yards.

Rohan Paul and Royce Platt each had two sacks and Zach Zindler a fumble recovery and an interception for Foster, whose secondary got touched for 197 yards on Monk’s 9-for-25 passing, but held the Wolfpack to 49 yards on 29 carries. Killing had 113 yards on three catches for Hansen.

“We played lights out,” Paul said of Foster’s defense. “That’s how it’s going to be the rest of the season.”

Moses caught two passes for 84 yards and Powell three for 68 from James, who finished 7-for-28 for 172 yards. He also rushed 18 times for 58 yards and Foster finished with 329 offensive yards.

ornauerd@pstripes.osd.mil

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Dave Ornauer has been employed by or assigned to Stars and Stripes Pacific almost continuously since March 5, 1981. He covers interservice and high school sports at DODEA-Pacific schools and manages the Pacific Storm Tracker.

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