YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea – Jeff Scott continues scoring touchdowns at a gluttonous rate. And Singapore’s Falcons continue to win games, now three in three tries, against DODDS Pacific opponents.
Scott ran for touchdowns of 36 and 2 yards in the second quarter, then the Falcons held off a second-half rally to edge Daegu High 21-14 in a driving rain Saturday at Seoul American High School’s Sims Field.
“They gave us a really tough time in the second half,” Singapore coach Jamie Matisin said of Daegu, which finished 2-7 on the season but forced four turnovers and were within 5 yards of tying the score on the game’s final drive.
During the three-game win streak, Matisin, who’s coached in the Singapore American Community Action Council’s senior football league for almost 40 years, has had his team compared to a Falcons unit that beat the Korea All-Stars for the first time in five tries 7-6 in 1998 in the old world Bowl series.
“But we don’t have as good athletes as that team did. We’re not as big as that team. We had four turnovers today. We need to fix that,” Matisin said. “They’ve gotten through these three games by believing in themselves, that they can win.”
And Daegu tested that faith, Matisin said. “They really came to play in the second half. Our defense really stepped up when it had to.”
Following Scott’s second touchdown, the Warriors’ Xavian Washburn returned the ensuing kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown that cut the gap to 21-7 at half.
Caleb Page found Torian James for a 12-yard scoring pass in the third quarter. Daegu’s one last gasp had them reaching Singapore’s 5-yard line before turning it over on downs.
Despite the defeat, coach Ken Walter said he was proud of his team’s effort following a “great week of practice. We were down and we battled back. A great football game. A great experience.”
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It was the Sharks’ first league title since sharing the honor in 2001 with Father Duenas Memorial, and by coincidence the same year that Corey Dunlap-Buckmon, an Air Force dependent playing for Simon Sanchez, set the Pacific single-season record with 2,088 yards rushing.