Prep football: Osan’s Stephens sets Korea rushing mark
Coach Tony Alvarado will be busy pasting Cougar decals, three each, on the helmets of his Osan American offensive linemen this week.
He had good reason — the line plowed the road for senior running back Terry Stephens, who set a Korea single-game rushing record with 327 yards on 13 carries with four touchdown runs in a 26-0 shutout of Taegu American on Saturday at Kelly Field, Camp Walker, South Korea.
The first-year back broke by seven yards the Korea mark set in 2001 by Osan’s Bryan Clary and is the fourth-highest game total in Pacific high school history, 57 behind the 384 by Corey Dunlap-Buckmon of Guam’s Simon Sanchez Sharks, also set in 2001.
Elsewhere, the Kadena Islanders’ senior running back tandem of Keith Loving and David McCowan piled up 468 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns in a 41-20 victory over the Kubasaki Samurai in an Okinawa Activities Council first-place showdown.
The defending Okinawa champion Kadena Buccaneers posted their first win of the season, beating the Kubasaki Shogun 21-14.
Joey Chop rushed for three TDs, finishing with 102 yards on 13 carries as the Guam High Panthers pulled to .500 on the season by shutting out Southern 28-0.
Osan American 26, Taegu American 0: Stephens is in his first year of football, after concentrating on basketball following his transfer from Macon, Ga.
“He worked hard in the weight room, he’s always been there,” Alvarado said. “It’s great to see it happen for him.”
Alvarado had hoped for similar fireworks in Osan’s season opener two weeks earlier against Seoul American, but it did not happen, as the Falcons blanked the Cougars 20-0.
“After that, we looked at the film of Seoul, then tried to fine tune some things and it really came together,” Alvarado said.
“It” was working on opening holes, having blockers stay with their man, making seams for the backs and having the backs hit the holes hard and fast, Alvarado said.
“And it was like, wow. It was awesome,” Alvarado said.
The line was promised a Cougar helmet decal for each 100-yard rusher. “I’ll be putting three each on their helmets this week,” he said.
Stephens scored on touchdown runs of 96, 95, 48 and 12 yards. Fullback David Leh rushed seven times for 50 yards. Defensively, Aaron Simmons had 10½ tackles and Sam Godwin added 8½.
Despite the one-sided score, the Warriors (0-1), the last Pacific team to play its opener, had the ball inside the Cougars’ 15 four times, but turned it over three times and lost it on downs once.
Mychal McGee paced Taegu with 54 yards on nine carries, and went 4-for-11 passing for 57 yards. Kory Grammer caught three passes for 41 yards. Sidney Washington added 38 yards on 14 carries and eight tackles and Daniel Pressley added 37 on eight attempts.
Kadena Islanders 41, Kubasaki Samurai 20: At Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Loving ran 21 times for 174 yards and three TDs, while McCowan added 115 yards on 16 attempts and a score. Unlike the lopsided margins the Islanders enjoyed against Kubasaki teams last season, the Samurai fought to the end, Islanders coach Sergio Mendoza said.
“They’re a scrappy bunch,” he said.
In one second-quarter sequence, McCowan returned an interception 54 yards for a touchdown, only to have Desmond Jackson of the Samurai run back the kickoff 88 yards to cut the gap to 21-14. Loving then grabbed the ensuing kickoff and ran it back 84 yards to put it out of reach.
Jackson amassed 174 all-purpose yards on 17 touches. Lenard White ran 13 times for 93 yards, including a 76-yard TD, and Ricky Jones ran for a 6-yard TD for the Samurai (2-1), who had two takeaways to four for the Islanders (3-0).
Kadena Buccaneers 21, Kubasaki Shogun 14: At Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Tyler Schmidt went 9-for-22 for 121 yards, including touchdown passes of 6 and 14 yards to Gary Wright, and ran 2 yards for the Bucs’ other touchdown to cap a 99-yard second-quarter drive. The 6-yarder to Wright finished an 80-yard fourth-quarter drive.
Wright also blocked a punt and had a sack for the Bucs, who forced four fumbles. Jacob Love had three catches for 63 yards and Jeremy Galvez three for 27 yards plus a sack and a recovery.
Rafael Mew ran 3 yards for a touchdown and returned an interception 30 yards to account for the Shogun’s points. Mew had 83 all-purpose yards.
Guam High 28, Southern 0: At Agat-Santa Rita, Guam, Chop, a senior, ran for touchdowns of 34, 4 and 2 yards and Tommy Strahan had the other TD, a 14-yarder, for Guam High (2-2), which has followed a loss with a win two times this season. Guam High scored a touchdown in each quarter against the Dolphins (2-3).
Quarterback Doug Bloom finished 3-for-4 for 82 yards for the Panthers. Dustin Lawson caught all three passes and ran 11 times for 61 yards.