ATSUGI NAVAL AIR FACILITY, Japan — Yokosuka’s defense is proving it is as efficient in scoring as it is keeping opponents from putting points on the board.
Trell Corbin recorded two safeties, Damien Williams rushed for his third and fourth touchdowns of the season and the Seahawks defeated the Atsugi Falcons 24-0 on Saturday at Reid Memorial Stadium.
Yokosuka (2-0) hasn’t allowed a point this season.
“Our defense is key,” Seahawks coach Robert Cole said of a game in which Yokosuka led by 11 points until breaking it open in the third quarter. “Our offense took a while to get started, but our line took over and we pushed them all over the field in the second half.”
Defense got the Seahawks on the board on Atsugi’s first two possessions. Corbin tackled Falcons running backs in the end zone for consecutive safeties, teaming with linebacker Stephen Fox on the first one, then recording a solo tackle for the second.
The first safety came after Yokosuka’s Kevin Abney pinned the Falcons at their 2-yard line with a 58-yard punt. The second occurred after the Seahawks’ offense stalled at the Atsugi 1.
Williams gave the Seahawks an 11-point cushion with a 41-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but it remained close until Williams broke it open by scampering 18 yards on an option for a third-quarter score.
Dayon Banks, the reigning USFJ-AFL MVP who led the league in tackles last year, iced it with a 3-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
The game originally was scheduled for June 2, but postponed three weeks because of field availability problems.
The Seahawks vaulted into a first-place tie with Yokota. The teams meet Saturday at 6 p.m. at Ikego Heights Naval Housing Facility.
“We’re looking forward to a great game,” Cole said.