Football: Unbeaten Zama uses big plays to hand Osan first defeat

Zama's Brenden Jackson sheds a tackle by Osan's Marcus Inthavixay en route to a 20-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES
Zama's Brenden Jackson sheds a tackle by Osan's Marcus Inthavixay en route to a 20-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

Football: Unbeaten Zama uses big plays to hand Osan first defeat

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan – Call it the Zama big-play spectacular.

Riding a wave of kickoff and interception touchdown returns and four Tim Matelski scoring passes, Zama avenged last season’s Far East Division II title-game loss to Osan, routing the Cougars 66-24 on Saturday.

“This was the first complete team win that I’ve seen in my years with the program,” said coach Scott Bolin, in his fifth season as the head coach and eighth with the Trojans’ program overall. “A complete win in all phases of the game. I’m crazy proud of them.”

Keshawn McNeill returned a kickoff 91 yards for a score and caught TD passes of 13 and 21 yards. Richard Sevilleja and Jarred Green also returned touchdowns for scores (79 and 46 yards). Luke Singer and Jaden Bouldin-Miller each ran back interceptions for touchdowns, of 78 and 28 yards.

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