USFJ-AFL football: Seahawks ground Jets in defensive battle; South game rained out
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – Getting back to basics, a patient ground game and a ferocious defense, Yokosuka at least temporarily put a halt to its worst tailspin in nearly 25 years.
Terrell Bennett scored the game’s only points on a 1-yard third-quarter run and the Seahawks (1-2) picked off two passes to make a 6-0 U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League shutout of Misawa stand up Saturday at Yokosuka’s Berkey Field.
"We went back to Seahawks football," coach James Price said.
Lorenz Piper rushed for a season-high 108 yards on 17 carries. Anthony Seaman was 9-for-12 for 49 yards. Glenn Krone had nine tackles, a sack and a forced fumble, Larry Latimer seven tackles and Kevin Johnson and Preston Johnson each intercepted drive-halting passes.
The Jets (0-2) tried to answer by driving into Seahawks territory twice, but came away empty, hurting themselves with penalties and turnovers, coach Ben Mathe said.
"It’s always disappointing when you lose a close game," he said, crediting his defense for keeping the Jets in it. "The defense played its heart out. A bunch of warriors. I couldn’t be more proud."Meanwhile, a South Division game pitting a pair of 1-0 teams, Joint Task Force at Kadena, was washed out by heavy rain, Kadena coach Will Cupp said. No makeup date was announced.