OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Two weeks into October, the Pacific high school football circuit has its first league champion.

Herald Oertwig ran a reverse 40 yards for a touchdown that broke open a close game as Seoul American scored 18 unanswered points Saturday for a 24-7 victory over Osan American.

The Falcons (3-0) won their 15th straight game, dating back to the 2001 Korea Youth Activities League-Senior Division season, and the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference title in the first season of high school play.

“Osan was pushing us all the way,” Falcons offensive coordinator LaRoy Slaughter said. “It was no blowout by any stretch. It was competitive all the way.”

It took Oertwig’s scamper — the second reverse the Falcons have used against the Cougars this season — to break it open in the fourth quarter.

Before 500 joyous fans at Cougars Stadium, Osan (0-2) halted Seoul on fourth-and-inches at the 3-yard line, but struggled on the ensuing possession.

When the Falcons took possession again, Slaughter called the end-around play to Oertwig.

“They killed us with that reverse again,” Osan coach Tony Alvarado said. The Falcons used a similar play in their season-opening 26-6 victory over Osan on Sept. 20. “That broke it open.”

Seoul went ahead 6-0 on Kris Stadler’s 13-yard first-quarter run, but Osan answered on Jackson Dayberry’s second TD of the season, a 6-yard run up the middle.

The Cougars held a 7-6 lead until Stadler scored from 37 yards out in the second quarter, and the Falcons didn’t trail again. Ryan Robbins caught a 16-yard pass from Bruce Voelker to cap the scoring.

It could have been worse for the Cougars, as the Falcons controlled the ball for 18 plays on one second-half drive, but had three plays that went for TDs called back on penalties.

“I’m not used to seeing my offense do that,” said Slaughter, who has coached senior youth football at Yongsan Garrison since 1994 and joined the Falcons staff when Korea’s high school system took over football this season.

Seoul had 261 yards rushing and 144 passing.

“It was a great game, a hard-fought game, and without a doubt, Seoul won it. They deserved it,” Alvarado said. “Our kids now know what football is, how to play, how to deal with a loss.”


Father Duenas Memorial 34, Guam High 6

MANGILAO, Guam — Theo Tom caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Troy Curtis for Guam’s only points as the Panthers (1-1) took the field for the first time this season and fell to the defending Interscholastic Football League champion Friars (2-0).

Guam won last week by forfeit.

“I’m really proud of my guys. They made few mistakes,” first-year Guam coach Mark Franchino said.

Tom, who also played tight end, led a stable of Guam running backs including P.J. Guerrero, Joey Chop and Ed Papi, who combined for more than 200 yards.

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