Football: Red Devils cap perfect season with championship

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Kinnick quarterback Patrick Kelly tries to evade Kadena defenders Noah Ricafrente and Jalen McCants.  DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES
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Kinnick quarterback Patrick Kelly tries to evade Kadena defenders Noah Ricafrente and Jalen McCants. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

Football: Red Devils cap perfect season with championship

by: Dave Ornauer | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 13, 2018

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Travion Morton set the table with a game-opening kick-return touchdown. Chris Mason slammed the door with a pick six in the closing minutes. In between, Patrick Kelly added healthy doses of passing to help keep the points coming.

Together, they helped Nile C. Kinnick capture the one championship that’s eluded the 72-year-old program – a Far East Division I title. The Red Devils earned that grail by bursting in front early, then holding off defending champion Kadena 38-20 on Saturday.

It was a victory just a year in the making, coach Dan Joley said – 54 weeks after the Panthers edged the Red Devils 23-22, scoring on the last play of the game to capture their Pacific-record sixth Far East D-I title.

“These kids truly understand the value of football, they understand what it’s like to bounce back from a setback, to set a goal and work toward achieving that goal,” said Joley, in his ninth year at the Red Devils’ helm.

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