Perry tromps through mud and over Yokota to title game

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Matthew C. Perry senior running back Caeleb Ricafrente races ahead of Yokota defender C.J. Thomas toward the end zone as Samurai quarterback Garrett Macias watches.  Kai Lange/Special to Stars and Stripes
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Matthew C. Perry senior running back Caeleb Ricafrente races ahead of Yokota defender C.J. Thomas toward the end zone as Samurai quarterback Garrett Macias watches. Kai Lange/Special to Stars and Stripes

Perry tromps through mud and over Yokota to title game

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published: October 25, 2016

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan – Game-long rain and sloppy, muddy conditions that leave a team ground-bound and unable to throw might be a problem for some teams.

But not for Frank Macias and his Matthew C. Perry Samurai.

“My kids thrive on that. That’s just normal Samurai football,” said Macias, whose team gained 388 yards, all on the ground, and scored every time they had the ball in a 52-19 rout Saturday of Yokota that propelled Perry into the Far East Division II title game Nov. 5.

The Samurai host Humphreys in Perry’s second trip to the championship. They hosted Daegu in the 2014 final and lost 60-50.

From the moment Saturday dawned rainy and chilly at Iwakuni, smiles came to the faces of players and coaching staff, said Macias, whose team is the only one left in Japan that plays on natural grass.

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