Kadena and Kubasaki football get seventh regular-season games
Kadena and Kubasaki, which played for the Division I title the last two years each winning once, entered the 2015 Pacific high school football season with just six regular-season games on their schedule.
DODDS Pacific officials announced last week that each has been scheduled for a seventh game – meaning two teams, Nile C. Kinnick and Yokota, each get an eighth game, which stretches DODDS Pacific’s competition limits for football by one game for each.
Kubasaki plays at Yokota on Oct. 3 at 3 p.m., while Kadena hosts Kinnick on the same day at a time to be determined, DODDS Pacific athletics coordinator Don Hobbs and DODDS Pacific spokesman Charly Hoff said by phone. The purpose was to “achieve balance” for Kadena and Kubasaki football.
While the premise was to give both the Panthers and Dragons seven games, giving other teams eight games was done out of necessity, the two said. Yokota and Kinnick each had byes on Oct. 3, while Kubasaki and Kadena were scheduled to play each other the same day.
The added game for Kadena gives the Panthers two regular-season games against the Red Devils. Whichever team wins both games or earns the better point differential gets one victory for the purposes of determining Division I standings placement, Hobbs said.
Kadena and Kubasaki play each other three times, with the winner of the season series earning one victory for D-I standings purposes, Hobbs added. The superior point differential following the first two games determines which of the two hosts the third game, he said.
Meanwhile, officials are looking for a solution to allow Seoul American and Daegu, which had been scheduled to face each other last Friday, to play later in the season, Hobbs said.
The game had been scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 4, but the game did not come off because the officials did not show. The teams do not have corresponding byes the rest of the season, Hobbs said. It’s possible the teams may play a weekday game.
Seoul is a Division I team and Daegu the reigning two-time Division II team, but the game should be played, Hobbs said, to help determine the DODDS Korea champion and the league honors that go with it.