YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Kevin Hill ran for a touchdown and Will Hutcheson returned an interception for a score Saturday as the Yokosuka Seahawks solidified their lead in the U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League.
The three-time defending champions (3-0) defeated the Kadena Dragons 16-12 and took a one-game lead over Courtney-Hansen and Misawa. Yokosuka entered the week tied for first place with Kadena (2-2).
At Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Courtney-Hansen moved into a second-place tie with Misawa as the Titans (2-1) rallied from a 6-0 halftime deficit to beat winless Futenma (0-3) 18-6.
Yokosuka 16, Kadena 12
Hill put the Seahawks on the scoreboard first with a 3-yard first-quarter run. With 120 yards on 17 carries, he has amassed 464 yards on 53 attempts, averaging 8.8 yards per carry, with five touchdowns.
“He’s putting up very superior numbers,” Seahawks coach Isaac Lee said.
Hutcheson, a linebacker, intercepted three passes, returning one 36 yards for a touchdown. Safety Mike Favors added two interceptions and linebacker Stephen Fox sacked Kadena quarterback A.J. Hickman for a third-quarter safety.
Kadena’s Marcus Wells returned a fumble 36 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, and Hickman threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Chris Clark in the fourth.
Hickman was 6-for-13 for 77 yards and Trent Beavers ran seven times for 57 yards and caught two passes for 15 for short-handed Kadena.
“We stepped up to the plate with just 15 players, and I mean we gave them a football game,” Dragons coach Glen Ballard said.
“Kadena had a good team,” Lee added. “It speaks well for the league, when they can come here with 15 players and give us a good game.”
The Seahawks now turn their attention to a Saturday showdown at Misawa against last year’s runner-up Marauders.
“That’s not going to be an easy game, by no stretch of the imagination,” said Lee, noting that the Seahawks suffered seven turnovers against Kadena. “We need a more balanced attack and mistake-free football.”
The Dragons return to Okinawa to visit Courtney-Hansen on Saturday.
Courtney-Hansen 18, Futenma 6
CAMP COURTNEY, Okinawa — Shawn Alderman’s second-half touchdown runs of 24 and 13 yards broke open a defensive struggle. The teams combined for 118 yards and eight first downs on 96 plays.
The Titans forced six turnovers, had two sacks and blocked two punts. Nick Schroeder scored Courtney-Hansen’s third touchdown by recovering a fumble in the end zone in the third quarter.
Futenma, which has gained 98 yards in three games, got its first touchdown of the season on a 59-yard pass from Daniel Flores to Nick Lee in the second quarter.
Chris Gutierrez had three sacks for the Falcons.
Alderman led all rushers with 49 yards on 11 carries. Lee caught four passes for 81 yards.