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ATSUGI NAVAL AIR FACILITY, Japan — Keith Pierre caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Will Hall, and D.C. Preston and James McCullough added short scoring runs Saturday to lead the Yokosuka Seahawks past the Atsugi White Dolphins 22-7.

The victory gave Yokosuka its fourth straight U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League regular-season championship. The Seahawks earned a first-round playoff bye and will try to win their fourth straight league championship when they host the title game Sept. 20.

They’ll await the winner of the first-round playoff matchup, with Misawa meeting Kadena at Camp Courtney, Okinawa, on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Yokosuka prevailed over Atsugi despite fumbling six times and throwing an interception, something coach Isaac Lee said the team needs to work on before the title game.

“We have to go back to the drawing board, work on conditioning and we have to eliminate the mistakes,” Lee said.

A staunch defense helped the Seahawks overcome their mistakes on Saturday.

“The defense did it,” said Lee, whose unit allowed one score, a 60-yard pass from Deforest Pittman to Ken Kaplan. “The defense was relentless. The front seven, they’re unstoppable.”

Hall finished 4-for-9 for 73 yards and an interception. Hall played in relief of starter Chris Kemph, who went 5-for-9 for 80 yards.


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