Seoul, Osan prep for showdown with easy victories
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Coaches Tony Alvarado of Osan American and Julian Harden of Seoul American said Saturday couldn’t have worked out better for their football teams.
The day’s exhibition games at Falcon Field — Singapore Oilers vs. Osan American Cougars; Singapore Bulldogs vs. Seoul American Falcons — resulted in victories for both Korea teams, 28-6 by the Falcons and 35-6 by the Cougars; no major injuries for either team and valuable experience.
“We couldn’t have asked for more,” Alvarado said. “We came out of it with a win, with no injuries and we’re much better prepared as a team.”
Osan and Seoul scheduled the games against the Singapore teams so they could play squads they don’t normally face. The matchups were reminiscent of the 12-year World Bowl series, which ended shortly before the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Pacific’s Far East playoffs began in 2005.
Osan and Seoul American will decide the DODDS-Korea league championship on Wednesday at Seoul American, then the Cougars travel to Misawa Air Base in northern Japan for the Far East Class A championship Nov. 4 at Robert D. Edgren. Seoul American visits Guam the same day for a Far East Class AA semifinal against Guam High.
Saturday’s games let the Falcons and Cougars venture into the unknown, which Harden has called the theme of the DODDS-Pacific’s Far East playoffs: games pitting teams against squads they haven’t faced.
“It gives us something to go by. We’ll be facing similar circumstances when we go to Guam, taking on an unknown,” he said. “That’s not to say we’ll be as successful; Guam will be hotter. But this was great preparation.”
The different looks Singapore’s teams threw at Osan and Seoul will mirror the mystery of facing Edgren and Guam High for the first time, the coaches said.
The Bulldogs “ran a lot of different formations at us and our guys responded,” Alvarado said. “We told the guys to stay at home, play their responsibilities and everybody was hitting the gaps and pursuing, going hard, doing what they were supposed to do.”
Harden said he hoped the teams could continue to face the Singapore teams.
“Their teams would do well in any of our conferences,” he said.
Added Oilers coach Brian Donalson, “It makes our season.”
Seoul American’s David Smalls ran 24 times for 183 yards and two TDs and returned an interception 56 yards for a score. David Feliciano also ran back an interception 80 yards for a TD and recorded 17 tackles. Daniel Burns was 6-for-9 passing for 75 yards. Smalls ran his season totals to 1,124 yards, third in the Pacific, and 15 touchdowns on 105 attempts.
Osan’s Carlos Albaladejo ran 10 times for 158 yards and two touchdowns; Will Rapoza added 115 yards and a TD on 12 carries plus a 30-yard touchdown catch. Albaladejo has 721 yards and nine TDs on 53 tries; Rapoza, 547 yards on 52 carries this season.
Patrick Thompson was 4-for-6 for 101 yards and two TDS, the other a 31-yarder to Donald Morgan. Tucker Rhodes and Brett Kubica each had seven tackles.
Seoul and Osan now look toward Wednesday’s showdown — the first time the league title has been in doubt this late in the season since 1996.
Osan and Seoul are each 4-1, 3-1 in the DODDS-Korea league and the winner of Wednesday’s battle will earn the league championship.
Pacific prep football
W L Pct. PF PA
x-Osan American 3 1 .750 141 81
Seoul American 3 1 .750 140 93
Taegu American 0 4 .000 26 133
x-clinched DODDS-Korea berth in Far East Class A championship game Nov. 4 at Robert D. Edgren, Japan.
Seoul American 28, Singapore Oilers 6
Osan American 35, Singapore Bulldogs 6
Wednesday, Oct. 25
Osan American at Seoul American, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28
Osan American at Taegu American, 2 p.m.
End regular season
Friday, Oct. 13
Guam High 26, John F. Kennedy 0
Saturday, Oct. 14
Simon Sanchez 22, Southern 6
Friday, Oct. 20
George Washington 42, Guam 12
Saturday, Oct. 21
Father Duenas 30, Simon Sanchez 22, OT
Friday, Oct. 27
Guam High vs. Simon Sanchez, time and site TBD
Saturday, Oct. 28
George Washington vs. Father Duenas, time and site TBD