Zama's Stacey, Cuadrado save day for JFL All-Stars
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Two Trojan horses saved the Japan Football League All-Stars on Saturday in a game against the Kanagawa Prefectural Japanese All-Stars.
Corey Stacey of the Zama American Trojans returned an interception 44 yards for the go-ahead score, and teammate Luis Cuadrado added a 30-yard interception return to boost the JFL past Kanagawa 38-21 after trailing 21-20 after three quarters.
“It was pretty hairy with them leading,” said Jimmy Davis, Nile C. Kinnick offensive coordinator and the All-Star game’s organizer. “They were a quick team, and they had more size than we did.”
The outcome was a far cry from the JFL’s 65-0 triumph a year ago against Kamakura High.
Davis was grateful for the chance to mix and match players from four JFL teams.
“The kids realized they’re no different from each other,” he said.
Donovan Nance of Zama was selected as MVP, rushing 15 times for 88 yards. Cuadrado gained 88 yards on eight carries, including an 18-yard TD run.
Kinnick’s Richie Korth added a 34-yard scoring run and netted 66 yards on five carries. Damian Bryan of Matthew C. Perry capped the scoring on a 30-yard run to provide some fourth-quarter insurance.
Kinnick’s Brenden Lynce, who earned the game’s sportsmanship award, ran 6 yards for another JFL score. His brother Lenny, named top offensive player, was 2-for-3 for 13 yards, returned a punt 50 yards and ran three times for 24 yards.
Kinnick quarterback David McDermott was 3-for-7 for 62 yards and had an interception on defense. Zama’s Jon Gilgenast was selected the game’s top defender, and Dan Weckhorst of Robert D. Edgren was named best lineman.
Guam High ties JFK
UPPER TUMON, Guam — Guam High and John F. Kenneday played to a 14-14 tie Saturday after both teams failed to score in three overtime periods.
The game was finally called off by mutual agreement, since the result does not affect the Interscholastic League playoffs, which start Saturday.
Joey Chop ran for 39 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries in regulation.
Theo Tom tied it by tackling Islanders’ Peter Castillion in the end zone for a safety in the fourth quarter. Each team had a touchdown called back in the second overtime due to penalties.
The Panthers earned the third seed in the island playoffs. They play sixth-seed Guam International Christian Academy (0-6) at 10 a.m. Saturday at Southern High in Agat.
Kadena’s Morgan leads Okinawa All-District roster
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Senior A.J. Morgan, who amassed 1,689 all-purpose yards and scored 19 touchdowns for the Kadena Buccaneers, was one of 22 players selected to the 2003 Okinawa Activities Council All-District Football Team.
Morgan, playing quarterback, tailback and linebacker, helped lead the Buccaneers to a 7-2 season record, the OAC island championship and a berth in Saturday’s Rising Sun Bowl V. The Bucs lost to the five-time Japan Football League champion Yokota 31-3 on Saturday.
Seven Buccaneer teammates joined Morgan on the All-District team: junior tailback-quarterback Tyler Schmidt, senior wideout Heath Anderson, junior back Jeremy Galvez, senior linebacker Frank Geigler, senior lineman Terrence Hayes, junior lineman Chris Nelson and senior lineman Chris Doran.
The second-place Kadena Islanders (6-2) had seven players selected: junior running back Keith Loving, senior fullback Demetrius Kenney, senior quarterback Alex Berrios, sophomore wideout Arnold Tillman, junior linebacker Grady Pennell, sophomore placekicker Ted Awana and junior lineman Cole Maxey.
Four players from the third-place Kubasaki Shogun and three from the last-place Kubasaki Samurai were also selected.