Football: Perry looking for some Samurai-style seasoning

Daniel Burns, a 2008 Seoul American graduate who led the Falcons to the 2006 Far East Division I title, joins the Samurai staff as an assistant coach. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Daniel Burns, a 2008 Seoul American graduate who led the Falcons to the 2006 Far East Division I title, joins the Samurai staff as an assistant coach. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Football: Perry looking for some Samurai-style seasoning

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

First in a series of DODEA-Pacific high school football previews.

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan – Matthew C. Perry’s players and coaches couldn’t be happier to put the 2020 coronavirus pandemic-induced gap year behind them and get back to playing football.

But this Samurai team faces quite the uphill battle: It has mostly freshmen and sophomores to complement a tiny core of veterans from the team’s last complete season, 2019, when Perry reached its third Far East Division II football final in four years.

It’s also a small team in terms of physical size, especially in the interior. One of the hallmarks of Perry football, coach Frank Macias said, has been big, bruising, beefy players. But those are in short supply.

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