Deontaye Gregory quarterbacks the Blackhawks in Saturday's championship game. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES
Deontaye Gregory quarterbacks the Blackhawks in Saturday's championship game. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

Football: New kid Humphreys will take on old hand Kadena

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – Ever since they walked off the field on the short end of a 6-0 score in their regular-season opener Sept. 14 at Kadena, Humphreys’ football team has had one thing on their minds, coach Steven Elliott says: Make amends.

“It’s been the fuel for us this season,” he said Thursday, two days before the Blackhawks square off in the Far East Division I final against those same Panthers.

“Ever since that game ended, we’ve been saying that’s probably who we’ll face in the championship game. That fueled us throughout the year. They have not forgotten that loss.”

It will be the first time the Blackhawks (4-1) have played for the D-I title, but Humphreys is hardly new to Far East championships, having played for the Division II title in 2016 and 2017, beating Matthew C. Perry at home in the latter. Humphreys became a D-I school in 2018-19.

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