Zama American rolls to first win of season
CAMP ZAMA, Japan — After losing its first two games this season, Zama American enjoyed a breakout game and made a bit of Japan high school football history.
Monica Holman, a senior tailback, ran seven yards for a third-quarter touchdown Saturday, becoming the first female to accomplish such a feat in the Trojans’ 53-0 romp over Robert D. Edgren (0-2).
Elsewhere, Nile C. Kinnick (3-0) took a half-game lead over Yokota (2-0) in the Japan Football League with a 32-0 shutout of Matthew C. Perry (0-2). And Seoul American inaugurated the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference season by downing Osan American 26-6.
Zama lost its first two games by a total of 13 points but kept Saturday’s contest from being close.
Wearing new jerseys bearing the players’ names on the back, Zama ran up its largest point total since pounding Matthew C. Perry by the same score in 2001.
“I asked if they wanted to lose with their new jerseys. They all said ‘no,’” said Trojans head coach Ron Geist.
“Our defense shut them out, our offense was able to move the ball and the execution was good,” Geist said of a game played in steady downpours, the vanguard of Typhoon Choi-Wan, which bore down on the Kanto Plain and was expected to pass the Tokyo area on Monday.
Donovan Nance rushed 7 yards for a score and returned a punt 85 yards for another. Luis Cuadrado added TD runs of 2 and 18 yards, Russ Casimire pounded across for a 15-yard score, Jon Gilgenast added a 22-yard TD run and Adriano Navalo covered a blocked punt for another score.
Holman, who suited up for the Trojans but didn’t play last year, kicked two extra points in addition to becoming the first female player to score a touchdown in a Japan high school football game.
Only two females, both from Zama, have scored points in Japan competition. In 1995, Liz Dolan kicked seven extra points for the Trojans.
“She’s a big, strong girl,” Geist said of the 5-foot-10, 150-pound Holman, who entered the game in the first quarter. “She hits the bag as hard as anybody else in practice, she runs a 4.8 in the 40. We’re happy to have her on the team.”
Zama next travels to Mustang Valley to face the American School In Japan at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Eagles play host Friday at 7 p.m. to Matthew C. Perry in Edgren’s home opener.
Nile C. Kinnick 32, Matthew C. Perry 0
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Senior tailback Richie Korth ran 17 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns and junior quarterback Leonard Lynce added a pair of TD runs and a 25-yard interception-return touchdown to keep the Red Devils unbeaten.
Korth scored on runs of 65 and 18 yards.
Lynce had scoring runs of 2 and 13 yards as well as seven tackles and a fumble recovery.
Senior fullback Brenden Lynce ran for 28 yards on seven carries and had six tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
Kinnick amassed 309 yards on 33 attempts and did not pass the ball. Linebacker James Talbert “played lights out,” offensive coordinator Jimmy Davis said, with 16 tackles.
The Red Devils travel Friday to Yokota to visit the Panthers, while Perry visits Edgren, also on Friday.
Korea Seoul American 26, Osan American 6
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Bruce Voelker threw touchdown passes of 45 and 60 yards to Ryan Robbins and ran 8 yards for another, and Herald Oertwig took a reverse 60 yards for a score to boost the Falcons.
It was the first game played under the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Korea and KAIAC umbrella, after the three- team league had been run for 25 years by 8th Army and 7th Air Force youth services.
The contest featured many penalties that wiped out three TDs by the Falcons and one for the Cougars. The Cougars’ only points came on Jackson Dayberry’s 14-yard first-quarter run.
Seoul American is scheduled to visit Taegu American at 1 p.m. Saturday, though Warriors team officials said the game might be pushed back to later in the season because of practice and equipment issues.