Story by Greg Mitchell,FLEACT,Yokosuka Public Affairs
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils football improved to 3-0 on the season, defeating the Robert D. Edgren Eagles 42-0 at Berkey Field, Sept. 19.
Edgren saw their record fall to 0-3.
Running back Dre Paylor rushed for 149 yards on 12 carries, to include five touchdowns, increasing his total of nine for the season. Backup quarterback George Calbert rushed for 138 yards on seven carries and a touchdown.
Head coach Dan Joley said he was happy the team was victorious but said he felt there was room for improvement.
“We still have a lot to work on,” Joley said. “There were some missed assignments. We always look for these things in each game; they will always be the focus.”
Starting quarterback Kyle O’Brien added 91 yards on seven carries in a game that saw most of the starters rotated out for reserves.
After a first quarter which featured Paylor’s scoring on 35-,two- and six-yard touchdown runs, game officials decided the game should be played with a running clock from the second quarter to the end of regulation. After Paylor struck again with touchdown runs of 12 and 53 yards, the score stood at 35-0 with a little over four minutes to play in the second.
“We need to get better,” said Edgren head coach Bill Schofield. “We need to learn how to hit.”
Calbert produced the games’ final score with a fourth quarter, 38-yard run. In total, Kinnick generated 400 yards of offense to just 42 by the Eagles. Kinnick defensive tackle Bryce Cherstrom lead the team with six tackles and three quarterback sacks. Teammates Safety Joshua Thompson had eight tackles and Calbert had six.
“It was just … a great team effort,” said Calbert. “I felt like we bonded throughout the week and it just showed on the field.”
While playing mostly reserves in the second half, Kinnick’s last series of offensive play had a William ‘The Refrigerator’ Perry moment featuring offensive tackle Chris Deibel carrying the ball 2 times for no yards, fumbling on his second attempt.
“Deibel why did you fumble the ball?!!” said Joley, yelling in a jokingly manor at the conclusion of the game.
Nothing however, is funny about the teams remaining schedule, which includes next weeks’ homecoming battle against the Seoul American Falcons, scheduled for Sept. 27.
“Give yourselves a hand clap. Now forget about it,” said Joley. “Enjoy what you have right now because what you are going to see next Saturday is something like we saw last Saturday,” Joley said, referring to the Red Devil’s close victory over 2013 Far East champion Kubasaki September 13. “[Seoul American High School] are big, strong and will be ready to play. It will be a Division I football game. You understand the importance of all that, right? It’s Homecoming week and there will be a lot of distractions but I want from this moment right here until 3:30 next Saturday for you to think about nothing but homework and football.”
Junior varsity coach David Wilson shared Joley’s views.
“It’s hard to tell from a game like this, what we’ve done,” said Wilson. “I saw improvement in certain areas; I felt we did a nice job with the sweep and the outside edge play. On the offensive line, I think we let way too much stuff come through. As soon as they made a few adjustments to their defense, we were lost. They had one guy in the backfield almost every play. If we do that against Seoul we’re in trouble. “
The Seoul American Falcons arrive to play the Red Devils at Berkey Field, Sept. 27 at 1530.