Kadena running back Alfonso Mendez tries to elude Humphreys' Dontrell Powers. ASAHI WAYT/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
Kadena running back Alfonso Mendez tries to elude Humphreys' Dontrell Powers. ASAHI WAYT/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Football: Hemmers' first TDs lead Kadena to title

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – Ryker Hemmers had never scored a touchdown in 11 years of playing organized football, from youth to high school level.

He could not have picked a better time to start.

The junior fullback-linebacker rushed for a first-quarter touchdown and later returned an interception 72 yards for what proved to be the game-winning score.

Kadena’s defense did the rest, halting Humphreys on a goal-line stand as time ran out on a 14-12 Panthers victory in Saturday’s Far East Division I championship game.

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