Revived Edgren program ready to take on Perry again

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Robert D. Edgren quarterback Patrick Sledge gets hemmed in by Matthew C. Perry's defense on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. The game was called late in the second quarter with the Samurai leading 23-0 and the Eagles down to 10 players due to injury. Eric Martinez/Special to Stars and Stripes
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Robert D. Edgren quarterback Patrick Sledge gets hemmed in by Matthew C. Perry's defense on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. The game was called late in the second quarter with the Samurai leading 23-0 and the Eagles down to 10 players due to injury. Eric Martinez/Special to Stars and Stripes

Revived Edgren program ready to take on Perry again

by: Dave Ornauer | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 08, 2016

Jeremy Sanders simply didn’t want the Robert D. Edgren football program to die.

But the second-year head coach says he’s working to keep the team viable in the future as well.

Edgren returns to the field Friday after a three-week hiatus, brought on by injuries that left the Eagles’ roster depleted. Their game Sept. 17 at Matthew C. Perry was halted late in the second quarter, the Eagles trailing 23-0, and they had to forfeit the following Friday’s game at Yokota.

Now, the Eagles (0-3) play out the remainder of the schedule at home, four games in four weeks, starting with Friday’s encounter with that same Perry team, 3-1 with all three wins coming against Division II opposition.

And the Eagles get to do it on their turfed field. They become the fifth of six football playing schools in Japan to have field turf; the only one that doesn’t is Perry.

“It’s a positive step,” Sanders said of Edgren’s revival and playing on turf. “Everybody from players, coaches and administration, everybody wanted to see the season go forward. We want to come out and compete with what we have and take it day by day. Just staying alive for another day.”

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