Jacob White scored the second touchdown for Osan to give the Cougars a short-lived 14-7 lead over Perry. JESSICA MCCOLLUM/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
Jacob White scored the second touchdown for Osan to give the Cougars a short-lived 14-7 lead over Perry. JESSICA MCCOLLUM/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Football: Perry rallies past Osan to set up D-II final field

Stars and Stripes

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea – Defending champion Osan did its best to neutralize Matthew C. Perry’s leading ground gainer Marshall China.
So Matthew Torrecillas took over for the Samurai – and rallied them to a berth in the Far East Division II football final.

Torrecillas scored two touchdowns, kicked the game-winning field goal in the third quarter and made a game-sealing interception in the closing seconds as Perry dethroned the defending champion Cougars, rallying for a 16-14 victory Saturday at Cougars Field.

“They are big and physical,” Samurai coach Frank Macias said of the Cougars’ defense. “They took away China and Torrecillas was an animal tonight. He’s a senior who wanted to play in the championship again.”

And play in the final the Samurai will, against Zama, whom the Cougars beat in the 2018 final 24-20 last Nov. 10 at Zama. The Samurai (6-0 overall, 4-0 D-II) visit the Trojans next Friday at 7 p.m., with the winner to host the D-II final on Nov. 8 and the loser traveling to the final.

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