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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Former high school football star Anthony McNeill continues to do good things for football at Yokota.

McNeill rushed for a pair of 15-yard touchdowns, Darone Frierrson threw a 13-yard TD pass to Darryl Mosley and Frederick Guild returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown as the Yokota Warriors downed defending U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League champion Foster 27-6 on Saturday.

“It feels really good,” coach Selwyn Jones said, adding that beyond the performance of McNeill, Yokota High’s career rushing leader, “the defense did an excellent job.”

Shane Pope had his second interception in two weeks for Yokota, which held the Bulldogs to just Courtney Parker’s 60-yard scoring pass to Tony Moses.

It was the first inter-area game played by the league since, by unanimous coaches’ vote earlier this month, it was decided to count only intra-division games for playoff position, since it’s so difficult for teams to arrange inter-area travel. Of five inter-area games scheduled this season, three were canceled due to lack of transportation or duty commitments.

“It would be a different story” if the game had been played on Okinawa, Jones said. “It would be in the heat, they’d have more of their guys. We’d represent, but we have a long way to go before we talk about that.”

The Bulldogs brought just 32 players, about half their roster, and did not bring triple-threat quarterback James Sanford.

“Of course,” coach Gerald Sharber said when asked if the game would have been different if played on Okinawa. “But we don’t make excuses. We came up to play a football game. They beat us. They were better than us today.”


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