Just suiting up a victory for some in Pacific

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Running back Matt Keating and Robert D. Edgren's football team may have walked off the field in defeat 48-0 last Friday against Matthew C. Perry. But given where the program was in September, forfeiting two games and very nearly folding its tent for the season, the Eagles having played last Friday was a victory in and of itself, coach, players and administration said. Mike Dobson/Special to Stars and Stripes
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Running back Matt Keating and Robert D. Edgren's football team may have walked off the field in defeat 48-0 last Friday against Matthew C. Perry. But given where the program was in September, forfeiting two games and very nearly folding its tent for the season, the Eagles having played last Friday was a victory in and of itself, coach, players and administration said. Mike Dobson/Special to Stars and Stripes

Just suiting up a victory for some in Pacific

by: Dave Ornauer | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 14, 2016

They walked off the football field, vanquished 48-0 by Matthew C. Perry.

The Robert D. Edgren Eagles had just 14 players in uniform to start the game, and managed just 39 net yards against the Samurai. The deepest penetration: The 10-yard line, late in the first half.

Yet, judging from the reaction of players, coach Jeremy Sanders and principal Georgia Watters, the Eagles did come away with some semblance of victory: They managed to play.

That was somewhat of a a victory, given the events of Sept. 17, when Edgren - down to 10 players due to injury - had to forfeit in the second quarter and couldn’t play at all on Sept. 23 at Yokota.

The Eagles’ football future was in doubt.

“Although we came up short on the scoreboard, we didn’t come up short of winning,” Watters said. “Our kids were winners when we walked off the field. They didn’t give up. We had nobody get hurt. I couldn’t have asked for a better-played game.”

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