Bronshae Limson and Emanual Griffin each scored two touchdowns Wednesday and the Kadena Dragons completed their most successful Kanto Plain road trip in team history, throttling the Atsugi Falcons 41-0 at Atsugi Naval Air Facility.
The two-time defending Okinawa Football League champion Dragons won two games in five days and outscored their opponents 80-0, using a versatile combination of running, passing and opportunistic defense that left Falcons coach Daniel Estrada suitably impressed.
“They’re by far the most impressive team we’ve faced,” said Estrada, whose Falcons (0-4) suffered their worst defeat of the season, the other three coming in U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League play. It was Atsugi’s 20th straight defeat dating back to 2003.
“They are a team to be reckoned with. They have a good game plan, good coaching and they’re well-disciplined. This was an eye-opener, to see what a well-disciplined team can do.”
And the Dragons accomplished that with 12 of their starters and coach Will Cupp either deployed or left behind at home.
“With our full squad, we can compete up here,” said running back-coach Isaac Warren, whose Dragons have four more non-league exhibition games against USFJ-AFL opposition in July, all at home. “Us playing these games, it’s a good tuneup for our season and to defend our OFL championship.”
Quarterback Adam Hendrickson went 10-for-16 for 96 yards, including touchdown tosses of 20 yards to Jermaine Baker and 25 to Limson, who also bulled 30 yards for a TD.
Griffin ran 8 times for 97 yards, scoring on runs of 50 and 30 yards. Sotkear Van scored from 35 yards out and Calvin Mitchell recovered a fumble in the end zone. The Dragons recovered five Falcons fumbles, and Daniel Noyes intercepted an Atsugi pass in the fourth quarter.