Football: Cougars complete stunning turnaround by downing Zama

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Zama quarterback Nick Canada had a rushing and a passing TD in the losing cause. He finished the season having accounted for 22 touchdowns, 16 in the air.  JACK HIGBEE/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
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Zama quarterback Nick Canada had a rushing and a passing TD in the losing cause. He finished the season having accounted for 22 touchdowns, 16 in the air. JACK HIGBEE/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Football: Cougars complete stunning turnaround by downing Zama

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published: November 13, 2018

CAMP ZAMA, Japan – Osan’s football program has come a long way in two years.

Jaden Wright rushed for two touchdowns, Gregory Lunn recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown and Joey Betts was perfect on three extra-point kicks and a 24-yard field goal as the Cougars outlasted host Zama 24-20 on Saturday for their first Far East D-II title since 2005.

“Our kids believed, and there’s magic in believing,” said coach Jerome Learman, who transferred from Michigan to Osan before the season.

Noting that Zama had advantages in size, speed and experience, and that Osan (4-1) had just one healthy receiver, “we just executed our game plan, kept it on the ground,” Learman said.

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