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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 25, 2017

Yokota Panthers

2016 season record — 5-3 overall, 4-1 Division II regular season.
Head coach — Tim Pujol, 19th season, overall record 138-33, two Far East Division I titles.
Returning players — 6.
Returning starters — 5.
Key performers — Jalen Harrison, Sr., OL-RB; Marquis Smith-Brown, Sr., RB-DB; Kishaun Kimble-Brooks, Jr., RB-DB-KR; Jack Winkler, Sr., LB-RB; Logan Ferch, Jr., FB-LB; Nathan Rundle, So., QB; Cody Rowan, Sr., TE-DL.
Strengths — Backfield speed, experience at some line positions.
Drawbacks — Lack of depth, lack of numbers; lowest number of players the team has ever fielded.
Overview — Rebuilding-reloading. First time in the school’s 44-year history that the Panthers don’t suit up a JV team.
Also — Rowan is the son of the first American to achieve grand-champion status in Sumo wrestling in Japan, Akebono, whose birth name is Chad Rowan. Cody’s mom, Christine, is a 1989 graduate of Yokota High School.

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