Football: Three teams in chase for two spots in D-II finals

Zama and Osan head to Atsugi on Saturday for a rematch of last year's Far East Division II title game, with each team hoping to take the first step back to the final scheduled for Nov. 8 at the site of the regular-season champion. JACK HIGBEE/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
Zama and Osan head to Atsugi on Saturday for a rematch of last year's Far East Division II title game, with each team hoping to take the first step back to the final scheduled for Nov. 8 at the site of the regular-season champion. JACK HIGBEE/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Football: Three teams in chase for two spots in D-II finals

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

Three teams stand unbeaten atop the Division II football standings. Only two can play for the Far East title on Nov. 8.

Three games over the next four weekends will determine who plays and who stays home.

The first of those contests is at 6 p.m. Saturday at Naval Air Facility Atsugi’s Reid Memorial Stadium, a rematch of the 2018 D-II final last Nov. 10 in which Osan edged Zama 24-20 at the Trojans’ home field.

While both teams are much younger this season than last, with several of each team’s name stars now a distant memory, each team enters Saturday’s rematch with purpose. Zama hopes to gain vengeance for last year’s defeat, while the Cougars must bear the bull’s-eye a championship team bears on front and back.

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