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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan – No Morgan Breazell? No problem for Yokota, as freshman Tre Bailey continued to evolve as the heir apparent to Japan’s high school football rushing leader.

Bailey scored three times and gained a season-high 173 yards on 14 carries as the Panthers (6-1) routed Robert D. Edgren for the second time this season, 41-6, Friday at Edgren’s Eagles Field. The game ended with a running clock.

Breazell was out sick most of the week and didn’t make the trip to Misawa. But Bailey proved more than a capable stand-in; he’s rushed for 567 yards and nine touchdowns on 43 carries in Yokota’s last four games, an average of 13.2 yards per carry.

“Morgan’s a tough guy to fill in for all around,” coach Tim Pujol said of Breazell’s abilities at running back, kick returner and cornerback.

Friday’s game gave Yokota “a chance to look at some other guys, but it also brought to light some little things … that we have to work on in practice.”

Scott Hanson and Trenton “Tractor” Traylor each added rushing touchdowns and Phillip Burnett returned an interception of a screen pass 45 yards for a score for the Panthers. Stanley Speed accounted for 129 yards total offense.

Edgren’s lone touchdown came on backup quarterback Tristan Jefferson’s 11-yard keeper around right end. James Bowman and Nathan Cunniffe each recovered fumbles, Louis Murphy caught four passes for 123 yards and Santi Fleming intercepted a pass for Edgren (0-6).

“Yokota is the real deal,” Edgren coach Michael Gros said. “I envision whoever comes to their house will have a really tough time.”

Yokota visits Zama American at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Edgren hosts Nile C. Kinnick for homecoming at 7 p.m. Friday.


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