YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – With the DODDS Japan and Kanto Plain titles securely in its grasp, Yokota opened up its offense Friday against Robert D. Edgren in preparation for next month’s Far East Division I playoffs.
Not everything worked according to coach Tim Pujol’s plan, but Devin Day, Myles Andrews and Trenton “Tractor” Traylor provided enough spark for a 33-0 shutout of the Eagles in Yokota’s home season finale.
“We tried a few new things, opened up the offensive game plan,” Pujol said after his Panthers improved to 7-0 on the season and kept the Eagles winless at 0-7. “It wasn’t as well-polished and rehearsed as the things we had been doing since Day 1.”
One of the things Yokota tried was some middle screen passes out of the backfield that kept drives going and set up touchdowns. “They got some big yards out of those,” Edgren coach Michael Gros said.
Day rushed 22 times for 152 yards and three touchdowns, taking over the Japan rushing lead from Zama American’s Michael Spencer; Day has 860 yards and 19 touchdowns on 142 carries to Spencer’s 719 yards and seven TDs on 93 carries.
Andrews was 5-for-5 passing for 136 yards and ran four times for 19 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown. Traylor picked off two Edgren passes, running one back 38 yards for a touchdown, and Phillip Burnett recovered an Eagles fumble.
“We were happy with what we got in the plus-minus column,” Pujol said of the takeaways.
Josh Chamberlain ran for 75 yards on six carries, caught a 34-yard pass and had one interception. Morgan Breazell ran six times for 20 yards and had one catch for 47.
For Edgren, James Ervin had 106 yards on eight carries, Julian Crawford 45 on six and Matt Linder caught four passes for 55 yards.
Yokota’s regular-season finale and last playoff tune-up is Friday at American School In Japan, while Edgren concludes its season at Nile C. Kinnick on Oct. 29. “Let’s hope for a win in that last one,” Gros said.