By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 20, 2018
Matthew C. Perry Samurai
2017 season record — 6-2 overall, 218 points for, 118 points against. Lost Far East D-II championship 39-0 at Humphreys.
Head coach — Frank Macias, fifth season.
Returning players — 7.
Returning starters — 7.
Key performers — Marshall China, Jr., OL-DL (36 tackles, 6 for losses, 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries); Kristian Irons, Sr., RB-LB; Nemo Matthews, Sr., RB-LB; Derek Jacques, Sr., OL-DL.
Strengths — Youth. Players, especially the underclass and newer ones, are coachable, they listen and are willing to work hard.
Drawbacks — Youth. Inexperience throughout lineup, lack of depth with just 27 bodies.
Overview — Rebuilding. Graduations and transfers completely raided the roster of a team that made the previous two D-II title games, winning in 2016. Nowhere to go but up, says Macias, for a team that looks much like the one in 2012, when the program was rebooting after a long hiatus.