Zama info, schedule
Zama American TrojansCamp Zama/Atsugi Naval Air Facility, Japan2012 season record — 6-5 overall, 238 points for, 243 points against; won Division II championship 35-20 vs. Robert D. Edgren.Coach — Steven Merrell, seventh season, overall record 25-30, one DODDS Japan title, two Far East Division II titles.Returning players — 9.Returning starters — 7.Key performers — Michael Patterson, Sr., L; Adrian Evangelista, Sr., L; Kalob Gunn, Sr., L; Nick Zeagler, Jr., QB; Raymond Bestor, Sr., RB; Rafael Morales, Sr., RB; Hiro Beale, Sr., RB-DB.Strengths — Strength, quality and experience in the line, new backfield starters who can compete, defense headed in the right direction.Drawbacks — How to replace three-year backfield starters Andre Encarnacion and Mitchell Harrison.Overview — Rebuilding, but some key pieces remain, especially in the interior, the common denominator in the Trojans’ 2009 and 2012 D-II title campaigns. If Bestor, Morales and new quarterback Ziegler can execute behind that line, Zama might be more than OK. Much also depends on health, meeting off-field responsibilities.Schedule (home games at Reid Memorial Stadium, Naval Air Facility Atsugi) Friday, Aug. 23—at Nile C. Kinnick, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30—vs. Yokota, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6—at American School In Japan, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20—vs. Kinnick, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28—at Daegu High, 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4—vs. ASIJ, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11—at Yokota, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18—vs. Robert D. Edgren, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1—at Edgren, 7 p.m.