CAMP WALKER, South Korea — It wasn’t a typically dominant performance by Seoul American against a small-school Korea foe but coach Julian Harden said he’d take it nonetheless.
David Smalls and Tim Martz each ran for touchdowns and David Feliciano ran back an interception for another score as the Falcons claimed their 25th straight regular-season victory, winning their Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Korea season opener 21-6 over Taegu American on Friday at Camp Walker’s Kelly Field.
“It was basically what we thought it would be,” Harden said of his young, rebuilding Falcons squad, defending Class AA championship runner-up a season ago, who outscored its Class A league brethren, Taegu and Osan American, 106-18 in four victories last season.
“I didn’t expect to come in and dominate but it was a good workout for the fellows. It was a good first outing. It gave us an opportunity to try different things. Even with all the inexperience, the guys did a good job.”
All the scoring came in the second quarter. Martz and Smalls each burst 4 yards for touchdowns, Martz’s coming 1:13 into the period and Smalls’ with 4:30 remaining in the half. Feliciano picked off a Randall Daniels pass on Taegu’s next possession and took it 53 yards for a score. David Crothers booted all three extra-point conversions.
Taegu, equally young and inexperienced, finally answered in the fourth quarter when Daniels ran 10 yards for a score. It could have been closer but Angel Hickman’s 55-yard fumble-return touchdown was called back on a clipping penalty.
“We battled poor field position in the first half but our defense did a good job,” Warriors offensive coordinator Roy Grammer said. “We have a few bugs to work out. We have to put in a passing game.”
Smalls rushed for a game-high 85 yards on 13 carries and Martz added 78 yards on 13 tries. Daniel Ayersman led the Falcons with seven tackles and a fumble recovery and Chris Churchwell had six tackles.
For Taegu, Hickman ran 23 times for 72 yards, Daniel Pressley added 42 yards on nine attempts and Daniels 33 on nine carries. Torian Whetstone had six tackles.
Harden felt his team moved the ball well between the 20-yard lines “but we have to work on moving it in the red zone,” he said. “For a young team, we didn’t do too badly.”
The Guam Interscholastic Football League also opened Friday, with the defending Bamboo Bowl champion George Washington Geckos throttling the Southern Dolphins 54-0.