By STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 6, 2018
American School In Japan Mustangs
2017 season record — 5-2 overall, 246 points for, 132 points against.
Head coach — Roy Tomlinson, second season (offensive coordinator from 2005-15).
Returning players — 14.
Returning starters — 10.
Key performers — Nash Rasmussen, Jr., LB-K-P (transferred from Utah); Oliver Rogers, Jr., QB-LB; Andrew Howe, Jr., RB-DB; Rhys Gallagher, Sr., RB-DB; Tyler Cross, Sr., K-WR; Dean Hahne, Sr., WR-DB; Adam Knode, So., WR.
Strengths — Rogers. Tomlinson calls him one of the toughest and best players he’s ever coached.
Drawbacks — Many first-year players learning how to play the game. Lack of a junior-varsity feeder program for the first time since 1989. Having to replace Jack Ambrosino, the team’s quarterback the three previous seasons.
Overview — Reloading. Many of the skills-positions players who led the Mustangs to the title two years ago are long gone, and the interior doesn’t possess the size and quickness of that team. Rogers is capable in the gun and under center, but can he replace Ambrosino?