Zama breaks into win column by keeping Edgren winless

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Zama running back Donnie McNeill pulls several Edgren defenders with him as he carries. (Mike Dobson/Special to Stars and Stripes)
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Zama running back Donnie McNeill pulls several Edgren defenders with him as he carries. (Mike Dobson/Special to Stars and Stripes)

Zama breaks into win column by keeping Edgren winless

by: Stars and Stripes | .
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published: October 22, 2016

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan – Zama football continues to play strong toward season’s end, especially when the Trojans come up against Robert D. Edgren.

This time, they beat the Eagles on their home turf. Nick Canada rushed for a touchdown and tossed three scoring passes as the Trojans finally broke into the win column, rallying from a 12-6 halftime deficit to beat the Eagles 27-12.

“They finished. The guys finally finished,” Zama coach Scott Bolin said. The victory mirrored the meeting the Trojans and Eagles had last Oct. 30, when Zama blanked Edgren 21-0 at Zama.

Canada tossed touchdown passes of 30 yards each to Anthony Ames and Ryan Grubbs and another of 45 yards to Grubbs, while adding a 60-yard scoring run of his own.

Grubbs picked off four Edgren passes and Joshua Atkinson also had an interception, while Don McNeil Jr. and Zach Dignan kept chalking up rushing gains to “keep the ball out of Edgren’s hands,” Bolin said.

Edgren scored twice in the first half, getting a 30-yard first-quarter TD run by Patrick Sledge, then a 50-yard scoring pass from Sledge to Raphael Lykins. But it was a lack of game-long focus, Eagles coach Jeremy Sanders said, that prevented a victory.

“We started out really well, we would have some positives, but then we’d shoot ourselves in the foot,” Sanders said. “Lesson learned tonight. If we can stay focused, we can eliminate the mental mistakes.”

Edgren closes its season on Saturday by hosting Humphreys, which plays for the Division II title on Nov. 5. Zama travels to Nile C. Kinnick for the Red Devils’ 70th-anniversary homecoming game at 7 p.m. Friday.

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