Football: Kinnick hangs onto ball, runs away from Zama

Nile C. Kinnick running back Brandon Euceda outruns Zama defenders en route to 159 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Nile C. Kinnick running back Brandon Euceda outruns Zama defenders en route to 159 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Football: Kinnick hangs onto ball, runs away from Zama

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan – Robert Euceda fumbled two times in the first half. But Nile C. Kinnick’s junior running back ensured that would not happen again in the second two periods.

Euceda ran for 115 yards and two scores on 15 carries in the second half as the Red Devils broke open their season opener against Zama, 42-22. Kinnick outscored Zama 35-16 in the last two quarters.

“I didn’t play well in the first half, so I wasn’t too happy,” Euceda said. “I wanted to come out and hit harder, play yarder, take better care of the football, play better every play, every quarter.”

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