Osan can't hang with Korean squad, drops to 0-2
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea – Even though their first two games have resulted in lopsided losses, coach Don Tusha sees his Osan Cougars taking steps that can make them a better football team down the road.
“We improve every game,” Tusha said after the Cougars took a 14-6 first-half lead before surrendering 41 unanswered points in a 47-14 loss Saturday to Samsung, a Korean high school team.
“There is a lot of heart on the team. The freshmen are getting significant playing time and making contributions.”
The loss dropped the Cougars to 0-2. It was their first game since Sept. 4, when they lost their season opener 56-6 to Humphreys, also at home.
Gregory Yi tossed a 65-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Misner and Chris Moore added a 4-yard scoring run as the Cougars surged ahead by eight points late in the first half.
But injuries started to take their toll, Tusha said. Three of the Cougars’ key players went down early in the third quarter “that led to a real short-handed second half” and Samsung took advantage.
“We ran out of gas,” Tusha said. “We threw the ball much better” than Osan did in the first game. “We just dropped too many passes.”
Osan has next week off, as do all of DODDS Korea’s teams due to the Chu Seok holiday, Korea’s version of Thanksgiving. The Cougars resume action on Oct. 2 when they visit Seoul American; kickoff is at 6 p.m.