Kinnick back in title chase after stopping ASIJ
TOKYO – Whether catching passes or running back kicks on special teams, Devoney Stanley with the ball in his hands meant points for Nile C. Kinnick on Saturday.
The junior caught a 31-yard scoring pass, returned the opening second-half kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and the Red Devils hung on to edge American School In Japan 29-22 at Mustang Valley.
“He was the star of the game for us,” coach Dan Joley said of Stanley, who racked up 173 total yards on the pass catch, kick return and three punt returns.
With the win, the Red Devils improved to 2-1 overall and 1-1 against Division I competition, jumping back into the title-game race following their 13-6 loss Sept. 17 against Kubasaki. The Mustangs fell to 3-1 and 1-1, after having outscored their first three opponents 126-0.
“It was a great, physical football game. Both of these teams always go at it tough,” Joley said. “We needed this one. There aren’t that many games in the schedule, so every game is important.”
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